I'm new to this forum. I registered to hopefully get some insight to what I'm going thru.
I have herniated L4 L5 and was going to have surgery after one nerve block didn't really help me.
I have cardiac disease also so before my neuro surgeon would do surgery I had to have the ok from my cardiologist. Well that didn't happen due to having even more severe cardiac disease then I had 4yrs ago.
So now my neuro surgeon pretty much dismissed me saying.."Call us in the future if we can help." Wow..that's it? Nothing else to offer me? After saying that wasn't acceptable he offered to send me for another nerve block. So that has happened and I also had an epidural. My pain doctor prescribed water therapy for me so will start that in 2 weeks.
What else is out there for someone like me who can't have surgery? I am really worried that I am not going to be able to do my job. I am a nursing assistant in ICU at a hospital and turning, lifting and pulling up patients is part of my job. This is the only career I have ever had and now worry that I won't be able to do it. I can't go back to work with restrictions so if I am asked to pull someone up I have to do it. Don't wanna risk doing any more injury to my back so I don't know what to do.
I constantly have pain which is a 7-8 on a scale of 1-10. I can't sit or stand let alone walk for long periods of time. I am not on any other medication for pain. I can't take Celebryx due to my cardiac condition and so far no doc will give me anything else. I guess the pain doc is waiting to see how this last block/epidural works. People ask me daily how I am doing. I too get tired of it because I feel like I'm whining if I keep saying I'm in pain but it's true. I have pain every minute of every day.
Anyone else in my situation? Is there anything you have done that has helped in anyway??