Hi all. A few weeks ago after 6 weeks complaining of 10+ pain at night when trying to get up from lying down then walking, I finally got relief with a 10's unit and Valium for nighttime. The reprieve lasted about a week and a day, then they started up again. Now add to that upper back pain that started about 4-5 days ago, but only when I'm standing.
My doctor made the decision to only do a one level, with the understanding I will most likely need the next level at a later date. I'm worried this could be the beginning of more chronic pain in my upper back. I have an appointment with my NS next Tuesday, and with every call I make to complain about this or that, I think they may be starting to ignore my complaints. I've been worried about this pain at night that they keep insisting is muscle spasms, and I keep hoping they will do a ct scan (can't have MRI), but so far they just keep letting me be in pain (oh, they told me they will no longer be giving me the Valium, as they have a policy to prescribe it for only 2 weeks.) and I'm not getting relief. They don't even trust that I am experiencing nerve pain and weakness when getting out of bed (and while sitting after getting up from laying down).
Guess I just think maybe I should get another opinion, or is it too early, and should I let this take it's course? As a single mother of 2 seniors (and an adult son), I NEED to get back to work, or I need to be told no, you can't work for "blah" amount of time, so we can sell the rest of our stuff and .... and what? No idea. MOney has been dire for many months, ran out of reserves... ok now I'm rambling. Is it possible the degeneration in the l4 disk got bad this fast, and is it something that can really be seen in xrays? They just keep doing xrays...... I am getting desperate, what should I do?