Hi I have been visiting this site for 8 weeks now. I live in the United kingdom and have had sciatica and lwer back pain now on and off for just over a year. It is the sciatica more than the lower back pain that is hardest to deal with. Yet the combination of both is not so good.
I have had an MRI that shows DDD and an S1/L5 herniation along with foraminal stenosis. So far I have not cracked the pain issues it is good and bad days along with a combination of codiene, paracetamol, voltarol, tramadol and lyrica for neuropathic pain.
I have been off sick for ten weeks and feel a bit passed from pillar to post. My orthopaedic consultant has said that for now surgery is not an option he has recommended physio therapy and caudal epidurals. I am now just waiting for those to be arranged.
I do not want to have surgery, but at this stage i am wondering if a decompression would actually help me. My symptoms have progressed and I have some perineal and peri- anal numbness. I have been advised to get an urgent referral as these could indicate some cauda equina symptoms. I had an urgent MRI done which shows no significant changes since my last one in August 08.
But my problem is I find it really difficult to adequately articulate myself in a clinical enviroment and feel somewhat treated as a head case who is time wasting because back pain and how it affects you is so difficult to describe in a 10 minute consultation.
My professional backround is in nursing so I know it is odd that i have this problem. I would be grateful for any suggestions as to how to deal with all this.