I have been suffering with lower back pain (going down the right leg into foot) since July. Have had some chiroprac., physical therapy and acupuncture. The first two made matters worse. Had to stop acupuncture due feeling afterwards intense burning in much lower female anatomy. Had MRI done in late Dec. 08. At L2-L3 mild right facet arthropathy and mild bilateral facet arthropathy, left greater than right. L4-L5 there is a mild disc bulge there is ligamentous hypertrophy. there is minimal bilateral facet arthropathy. ( I'm 65 yrs old female) I haven't been back to the neruo since but was wondering if anyone here can tell me what all this means?
Second question: ARe there any success stories here?
Third question: Is there anyone who is stomach sensitive to pain medication but was able to adapt to it in a short period of time? I've read that the patches are just as strong at the pills.
You see, I have a very sensitive stomach (spastic colon/stomach found from several upper GI tests). Back in the early 90s I had to take strong doses of ibuprofen due to an accident and dental work but there came a time when it began burning my esophogus and stomach. I can't even tolerate tylenol any longer cause it gives me a severe stomach ache for long hours at a time.
Since having the sciatic/lumbar pain..I haven't been able to take anything. I tolerate it 24/7. I use to be able to sleep comfortably on both of my sides but since a couple days ago...my right leg is causing a lot of discomfort.
I keep praying every day that God will have mercy on me. I haven't lost faith but I have to face reality and come to terms with myself that God alone will not end my suffering.
I'm actually scared out of my mind (since not being able to tolerate meds)that surgery will some day soon be in the picture. I know every one has different healing pains and lengths..but I've also noticed the after surgery pain (on this site) is worse than before surgery. That it takes any where between 8 - 12 months (maybe longer) for the nerves to heal. In some cases, not at all.
It truly breaks my heart to read all your pain stories. I wonder how many here put their trust in God?