Sunday, June 7, 2009

My back ain't right

Alright, here goes. Ashley's been tryin to get me to post something on here so I'm gona give it a shot. I'm not even sure if I'm in the right place right now but we'll see what happens, just bear with me.
I thought I would share with yall my little back problem. I'm sure most of you don't know anything about it but about 3-4 years ago i guess it was, I woke up one morning with a horrible pain shooting down my left leg. It just about had me in tears it was so bad and I couldn't even put my shoes on. Well I went to the doc and they took some x-rays and didn't really find anything. They said my hip was a little out of alignment(the pain almost had me in tears! that's a little more than an alignment issue). Well they gave me the cure-all drug (800 Motrin) and then set me up with a chiropractor and he proceeded to crank on my back for about a year. Well after no real relief from that, I went back and asked that they do something different. I asked for Pain Medicine which is where they inject steroids in you and make everything better. Well I went to a local Pain clinic and they wanted more x-rays. Amazingly enough they didn't find anything wrong. Go figure. So I went back to the original doc and he decided to send me to the physical therapist. They did another set of x-rays and after finding nothing(could've told em that was gona happen), they proceeded to stretch my back out with one of those traction things. That was pretty weird but it felt kinda good. Well about a month or so into that and no permanent relief, I received my orders to Bahrain. I knew that if they saw I was still goin to the doc for back problems that they might cancel my orders so I quit goin all together.
So I went through pre-deployment training and they shipped me out. With the pain still there and getting worse every week, I tried to suck it up as much as I could. I got to Bahrain and within about a month, it was just too much to bear. So I went to the doc over there and he advised I get an MRI. By the way, this was something I had asked for numerous times to all the previous doctors, but what do I know right? So they sent me to the hospital out in Bahrain and they gave me a MRI of my hip and back.Disc,MRI,L4-L5,Herniated,Ruptured,Spine
Just want to rewind for a minute. Before I mentioned I had pain shooting down my leg. This pain is called sciatica. The most common causes of this pain comes from disc injuries like herniated discs, bulging discs and so on. X-rays aren't gona tell you a damn thing about your discs. To this day it blows my mind as to why 4 different "DOCTORS" didn't think that MAYBE I should have an MRI since 500 different sets of x-rays didn't turn up anything and this guy is still in A LOT of pain. Anyways, so I finally get my MRI and amazingly enough it comes back showing a "herniated (ruptured) disc of my lumbar spine (L4-L5). The first thing I asked the doc after finding this out was "Can I get some better drugs now?" They gave me Vicodin and some muscle relaxers. Oh yea and they referred me to Pain Medicine....I LOVE PAIN MEDICINE!!! They gave me what's called Cortizone which is a steroid and they injected it into my back into the epidural space. I've had 3 of these over the past 2 years and they are a God sent. I was afraid I would have to have surgery but it doesn't look like that's gona happen anytime soon. As long as these injections keep working like this, I'm gona keep gettin em. Thank God for modern medicine. Well I won't bore you anymore with my back, I just wanted to try this blog thing out and i knew I'd have a lot to say about that subject, and Ashley was telling me I needed to write something up here so hope you liked it.


  1. Alright baby, if I'm gona be blogging on here we gotta do something about that pink font color!
    Love you baby!

  2. Yikes Jason - OUCH! Glad you finally got some answers to your pain though and hopefully it will continue to get better! take care!

  3. Jason, this was a very interesting post. My husband (as I am sure Ashley has told you about us moving to Korea- Kati and Billy that is)...he has been having back problems as well including the "hip out of alignment" diagnosis. They also put him on a 3 month profile for PT...and his story of the MD and PT visits is very similar to yours!! I will most certainly keep in mind the Cortizone shots that you've recieved! He has not had any pain recently, and we are praying that these cool new kicks (I got him custom fitted sneakers at a fitness shop) and rediculously expensive shoe inserts as well as the time off from PT has helped him out!!! We'll see! But thanks for that info!! :)