:''( Since my third epidural in February of this year, I've managed my sciatic pain at a tolerable level using lyrica and tramadol. Even got in three weeks of work with no missed days. My last appointment with my ortho doc, he recommended plasa disc decompression or a microdisectomy (which he said you have to deal with scar tissue).
I elected to just do nothing for a while and maybe get a second opinion.
So I'm back at work about three weeks and come home one Friday night feeling "funky' -- thought it was a sinus infection, lots of fatigue, hot flashes, etc. Long story short, in the last three weeks, I've made it to work a total of 5 days, the rest are spent in bed resting and sleeping. Been on antibiotics, got blood test that showed my WBC count a little high so my primary care has me going to a hematologist for more bloodwork. Which was supposed to be today but guess what -- my sciatica flared up yesterday and today worst then it has been in a long time. Go figure! So I missed my doctor's appointment this morning with the hematologist due to leg pain. (I warned you that this was a "boo hoo" blog.) Do the rest of you feel like you're being tortured? A few good days and then WHAM! pain gets you again.
At this point, I can hear my mother telling me to count my blessings -- which I do every day -- but PAIN has a way of making your normal personality take a back seat to raving like a lunatic.
I keep telling my friends that I just want to go into a hospital or clinic and have them check me out from top to bottom and start fixing my "broke back" body!
I agree with many who post here that the ER is just a waste of a good co-payment -- they won't do anything but give you a pain shot or more steroid packs.
Okay, I think I'm finished ranting -- someone send me something funny to make me laugh -- I need a good chuckle!
My care and concern to all who suffer the way we do!
I'm just venting to the world -- I miss my life, my friends and activities and being able to do my job to my best ability.