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Boo Hoo Blues Blog

deltaladyddeltalady Posts: 610
:''( 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.


  • I'll leave the funny stuff to others...but I did want to mention that sometimes before a disk goes from being herniated to a rupture, one can have a period of time of feeling like one has a case of the flu...or just generally feeling "yucky."

    Then the disk ruptures and one knows for sure that something is WRONG.

    I would suggest you find another fellowship trained spinal specialist and make an appointment for another opinion. You may have to have surgery and it is a good idea to know which surgeon you would want to go to if you have an emergency and need surgery right away.

    Try icing your lower back. Maybe it will help with the pain for a little while. Lie on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor, arms out to the sides with palms facing up; breathe deeply making your belly rise and fall with each breath and just let your mind go. Follow the breath in and out...Do this for 5 - 10 minutes...several times per day, if you can. This is a natural form of traction, helps the spine to realign and lets the disks unload.

    Hope you feel a little better ~

    xx Gwennie
  • Thanks for the information -- I do have another appt. this Thursday with another ortho for a second opinion.

    I will follow your recommendation for laying on the floor -- sounds like a relaxing thing to do.

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