How much effing longer is this going to go on? Chiropractor rip-offs, acupuncture relief doesn't hold long enough, and doctors want to push pain pills.
I've been hanging upside down like a bat, doing stretches, walking, icing, etc. Nothing is fixing this.
Tomorrow I tell doc I want an MRI or something to make sure this isn't something more serious. A year of back pain and numb leg and foot seems a bit extreme.
Uggh..I'm so sorry to hear she's gotten to you too! I've had sciatica twice, both instances for about 2 weeks a piece. Those 4 weeks are definitely up there on my "worst health issues thus far" list. I can relate to the doctors pushing the pain meds as well - I'm dealing with that currently for an undiagnosed illness that's been plaguing me for about 5+ months now.
I really hope your situation is nothing more serious and that you find relief soon. I think an MRI or a CT scan would be a safe bet - they could rule out things like blood clots or possible nerve damage.
Wishing you the best! Keep us updated.
My doc just ordered an MRI and told me I might need a surgical procedure (I've done phys therapy and the the works). I guess it is time to surrender to the powers that be. Now my insurance company is being jerky about pre-approval for the MRI--- grrr.
Thanks for the well wishes...they're working!
I have the same issue and 2 bulging discs....it happened when I was in labor with my first son 9.5 yrs ago. It has become a part of my life and I have had to learn to do things differently. Pain meds usually do nothing to help me other than knock me out. hwen awake they numb everything EXCEPT the pain in my back so I just dont take them.
I am so sorry that you are having back pain. I wouldnt wish it even on my worst enemy. Its awful and always gets in the way of life.
May I ask if an MR showed the bulging disks? Doc told me today that she KNOWS I have a herniated disk without an MRI, but she ordered one because we have to do something more serious now.
How do you live with it (I need advice)? Does your leg and foot go numb too? And this burning..youch!
Yes they told me about it after an MRI was ordered. My sciatica pain is not nearly as bad as my bulging discs. I take a lot of hot baths. I work from home for a call center so I am on the phones and sitting a lot of the time. SO I try to get up and down a lot. Times when it is really bad I use a heating pad as much as I can throughout the day along with Icy Hot. I am very careful to not overdue activities. I try to stay in tune with the signals my body is sending me and act upon them quickly, so as not to disturb anything. Anytime I get spasms/pains I deal with them for nearly a week usually, but this happen that often anymore. In the beginning I was in pain all the time before I started paying attention to what my body was telling me.
Before listening to my body I had tried pain pills, therapy, massage, etc. None of it worked for me and surgery is not an option. When my back is at its worse it feels like someone is sticking a knife in me and wrenching it around haphazardly. It will hurt no matter how I sit, stand, walk, whatever.
If I sleep more than 6 hrs at a time then I will wake in pain. If I sleep on my stomach I will regret it when I wake.
I have tender spots in my back that if they receive pressure it will make me yelp in pain.
Normally I don't dwell on all this. I just deal. I hope your doctor is able to help you find long-term relief.
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In addition my Dad has had back surgery and the difference was like night and day for him. He has begged me to ask my Dr for the same but trying to get surgery for me is not an easy task as I am obese. That is not a route most Doctors are willing to take.