Hello, my name is Jim i'll try to keep this short. I hurt myself during cleanup from hurricane Ike I spent about 2 weeks with a chainsaw helping people cleanup. On my birthday of all days sept 28, I helped my uncle cleanup I was dragging alot of heavy trees through a small gate, I think I hurt myself then. Anyways my legs were sore after that , About 4 days later I drove to galveston By the time I got there my butt was starting to hurt and also my hamstring and it just got worse by the time I got home. I spent the next 2 weeks in bed using the rice method. I had alot of pain behind the knee the butt and in the middle I had a knot. I finally went to the dr. He gave me some pain meds and ibuprophine for inflamation. Gave it about another week and decided to see a chiro sports lady and she helped me with stretches and did ultra sound to help the healing. She told me alot of the problem was the sciatic nerve. She thinks I had a hamstring strain and piroiformis syndrome. I continue theropy with her and the hamstring has improved some, the big knots gone but it still gets very tight and painfull and the pain in the rear never seems to get better. I talked her into setting up an mri last friday and here's the results.
minimal disk bulge at the l2 l3
minimal disc protrusion at the l4 l5 as well as bulged disk at l5 s1, slightly more to the right
I went back to my gp and showed him the results and he gave me some steroids and some darvecets, I take my last steroid pill tonight. The chiro gave number to a pain dr I have an appointment with him tommorow.
I really need some advice. This caught me without insurance and i'm running low on money. I cant sit , hardly walk, cant sleep and i'm in constant pain . I work for myself and I cant seem to get my work done , I gimp around on pain pills for a while then have to take a break and lay down I can't get anything done and I cant drive. What should I do now should I go back to my gp and have him send me somewhere? Or should I go to the pain dr the chiro sent me to he's agreed to give me some good cash prices I got my mri done there for a good price but it's at an imaginging center kind of makes me leary.
My symptoms now are low back pain (that started in the mri machine) bad pain in the rear, hamstring pain, and the leg just does’nt feel right. (could sciatic nerve cause this?), toes and heel hurt at times, and it feels like I’m starting to get it on my left side. I can’t sleep very well I might sleep 3 hrs and spend the rest of the night dozing on and off. I also have anxiety issues for the last 10 years and high bp since this started (think the pain causes it) . Is there a better med for the pain I’m on darvecet and it barely takes the edge off. It’s been 2 months so far is it possible for this to heal it’s self with therapy and pain management?
Anyway’s thanks in advance for your help