First off you should know I know absolutely nothing about what I'm talking about other than I've been in pain off and on for about 6 months. Finally I've figured out I have a slipped disk or herniated disk or a bulging disk. Apparently according to the internet, they are all the same thing. Also apparently you can't be certain you have one without an MRI. I don't need an official diagnoses. Two weeks ago I went in for a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment caused the upper/outer tissue in my leg muscles to tingle. I told the Chiropractor this, he said if you are in pain by the weekend call me. It took me a few days to put two and two together. I have a 3 month old remember, I'm not operating with all my cylinders. A lot of other stuff happened and I ended up not going back in for about 10 days. After me describing what it felt like, we've decided its a slipped disk. I think he said my third vertebrae. Which is in the lower back and unusual. I think its the fourth that is normal. I said, I'm unique, I've sprained the inner arch on my ankles three times! Which apparently only has a 5% chance. I beat the odds THREE times! Ok, I didn't get that animated, I added that for you my three readers.
We figured this out, because I had severe muscle spasms in my right thigh from my hip bone to my knee. My muscles got so tense, I was probably at a 5 or 6 on the pain scale. I started taking the prescription strength 800 mg of Ibuprofen, every 5 hours instead of the recommended 6-8. It dulled the pain, but it was still always there. Apparently the nerves that control that part of the leg come from the vertebrae that is out. (Remember I have no idea what I'm talking about.) This is explains why I feel like my core strength is so weak even after doing core strengthening exercises.Long story short, since at least my sixth month pregnant if not before, I could sometimes feel a vertebrae poking out my back when I sat on a firm but soft chair, like a captain's chair in a car. I think this is the reason I had so much pain when I got my epidural and why the anesthesiologist had such a hard time giving me it. In fact as I write this, I know it is, he told me had to use a different vertebrae than normal. Ewe, just thinking about it makes me nauseous.
This is what MayoClinic.org says, in case you are wondering what I'm talking about
A herniated disk refers to a problem with one of the rubbery cushions (disks) between the individual bones (vertebrae) that stack up to make your spine.It also says, weight can be a risk factor
A spinal disk is a little like a jelly donut, with a softer center encased within a tougher exterior. Sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk, a herniated disk occurs when some of the softer "jelly" pushes out through a crack in the tougher exterior.
A herniated disk can irritate nearby nerves and result in pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg. On the other hand, many people experience no symptoms from a herniated disk. Most people who have a herniated disk don't need surgery to correct the problem.
- Weight. Excess body weight causes extra stress on the disks in your lower back.
My chiropractor can fix it, but its going to take a while and its going to be painful in the beginning. I'm not sure I'm up it. But yet I am, because I'm sick of this pain I've been feeling.
Actually I think the problem probably started during my third pregnancy, after the baby came, I couldn't lie on my back without my legs going numb, until after adjustment.
Had the same problem after four. I doubt it would have been classified as a slipped disk a year and half ago, but I think it was aggravated during number 3 then butchered during number 4. Probably why I could barely walk during either of those pregnancies.