Well, I've fought the good fight but pain has won. My wonderful good paying job that I love is going to go to someone else very soon because I can't make it to work every day due to my pain levels. The thought of no income, paying for Cobra and no relief from this sciatic pain just is overwhelming. Some times my anxiety is very high and other times I'm just resigned to the fact that my life is not like it used to be but I'll get through it.
Medications, physcial therapy, chiropractic, massage and exercise and 2 epidural injections have done nothing to change the pattern of pain in my left leg. Supposedly, it is my L4/L5 herniated disc that is causing the pain, but since I've never had back pain, I'm skeptical. Where do I go from here? I'd have back surgery if I felt confident that the disc was causing this wretched pain in my leg. Last weekend I had probably the best two days ever -- my pain was about a 3 or 4 (YEAH!) -- went back to work Tuesday and Wednesday and by Thursday I was back to full throttle pain. It's a smidgen better today.
Thanks for listening to me WHINE -- but I know this website is full of people who understand and have been there. I hope we all find relief sometime in the future so that our quality of life is returned.
I'd appreciate any advice from others who have had to quit their jobs due to pain. PAIN the new four letter word!