Hello, I'm new to these boards and found it because I am desperately in pain, unable to sleep.
To make a long story short, 2 winters ago I had a bad fall on some ice. Ever since then I've been having horrible lumbar pain and this pain in my hip that brings me to my question: Is this Sciatica?
I've always read that when you have Sciatica, that the pain travels down your legs or into your buttocks or your leg may feel numb. This is not the case with me. About an inch or 2 from my right hip bone, I get this stabbing feeling as if someone is stabbing me over and over with an ice pic. No traveling pain anywhere. It hurts the worse when I am sitting down, or laying on my right side, putting pressure on it. I can't even sit in a car for very long.
I do go to a pain management Dr. He has me on Vicodin ES, which does nothing for the pain except make me loopy enough to not care much about it until it wears off. He is not willing to give me anything stronger. I've also tried Neurontin and Lyrica for the nerve pain with no success at all. He wants to do a nerve block and I am all for it! The problem is that every time I make an appt., I've been put on a waiting list and never get a chance to get my procedure done.
He is a very good, popular, and busy doctor. I recently had MRI's done and asked him at 1 appt. what was pinching that nerve. He told me to ask a nurse to look up the report. I did, he told me to ask next time. I just keep getting the run around. I have 38 MRI pictures on disk of my lumbar and hip area and have no idea how to read them myself. Not that knowing would take away the pain, but I would like to know if it does sound like Sciatica since the pain doesn't shoot down or travel anywhere, and what is going on in my body!
Thanks in advance, and sorry this was so long!