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PostMon Jan 13, 2020 8:22 am 
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Thinking I might have something like that going on in my lumbar region right now. Possible a herniated disk pinching nerve. I've had minor sciatica pain that is uncomfortable, but remedies in a day or two.

Yesterday morning I felt ok, let out a sneeze, and it felt like someone stuck a knife in my back. Within minutes the pain was so bad I was laying on the floor with tears in my eyes. Remained there for about 4 hours before crawling to the couch. Stayed on couch for remainder of the day. Couldn't put any weight, or use my left leg.

Still a little tender today, but not nearly as bad. Thinking about going to the doctor today, but also thinking the er would be full of sore backs from snow shoveling.

If it had happened while hiking or skiing, I'm not sure how I would have gotten back. Any movement was excruciating.
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PostMon Jan 13, 2020 8:40 am 
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ale_capone wrote:
and it felt like someone stuck a knife in my back. Within minutes the pain was so bad I was laying on the floor with tears in my eyes. Remained there for about 4 hours before crawling to the couch. Stayed on couch for remainder of the day. Couldn't put any weight, or use my left leg.

You may want to consider a chiropractor or physical therapist, to "put things back where they belong". Then maybe a physician to see what's really going on. Until you said 'couldn't use left leg", I thought it could have been kidney stone. I had a case of "laying on the floor with tears in my eyes" a few years ago, and remember that well!  eek.gif 

You may also want to look into "Urgent Care" instead of ER. Usually much quicker to get seen.

Seriously, good luck though!

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PostMon Jan 13, 2020 8:54 am 
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Thanks. Ill see if my insurance will allow pt pre doctor.  Other then an MRI, that's probably where the doc is going to send me anyways.

Funny you say. Kidney stone was at the front of my mind too. And to keep this nwhikers related, I was laying there thinking. " GB told me to drink more water!"

Pain radiates to my hip and outer thigh, but not much above the lower lumbar.

It's at least at a tolerable level, so I can move around now.



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As far as scarring on an open surgery, I can just barely see or feel it. I think they used super glue to seal the incision.
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PostMon Jan 13, 2020 6:17 pm 
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Bowregard wrote:
Anything that increases abdominal pressure or creates a weakness in the abdominal wall.
Obesity
Coughing (i.e. smoking, etc.)
Sneezing
Pregnancy
Gender (male is higher)
family history

Not much of anything you can do beyond maintaining a healthy weight, eat right, and avoid activities that can create undue pressure or weakening. At least that's what they told me.

Pounding down hill is probably something that increases abdominal pressure.  Once you get this done you'll probably be a lot stronger in that area.

Has anyone here here needed to have the procedure redone?
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The comment asking whether anyone had to have hernia surgery redone reminded me of the other reason I chose to have the open surgery instead of laparoscopic: My surgeon said they put mesh on both inside and outside of the abdominal wall and he believed that open surgery provided better access for making a secure attachment. That was his explanation for the higher incidence of recurrence with laparoscopic (10%) versus open (5%).
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Had a stone last may, the least fun I've ever experienced. (Worse than a broken elbow.... by a lot. )

It doesn't sound like one but I'm no doc. I had zero thigh pain, only nausea and intense kidney pain. Did I mention the intense part?

I got lucky, living in a tiny population area with great medical. Showed up at the ER after being in agony all Friday night, they sent me straight to the exam room and they had me in the MRI in less than 30 min for diagnosis. After a couple hours and some magical pain meds, I was ready for home and the wait till Monday. Monday morning at 8AM I was at the urologists office without an appointment and they took me first. Doc took one look at the MRI and said... that's one of the largest I've ever seen (15mm) I'll see you at the hospital in 3 hours. By noon I was under and by 3PM I was waking up, all fixed. Felt great, even had dinner at Rivertap on the way home.

7 hour cycle time from a no appt doc visit to recovery room at the hospital, is pretty damn amazing.

And of course, the advice, drink more water. A gallon a day he recommended, but I think that was a stretch goal because I can barely make it past 3 quarts if I want to hit the sack without feeling bloated.

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