So I re-herniated at L4-L5 in September, I'm waiting for ESI #2 next week. I'm off NSAID's until then...my pain doc started me on Elavil this week, I've only taken two doses due to the side effects & my line of work. The first ESI seemed to have helped but my sciatica kicked back in Monday night. Saw the pain doc on Tuesday and she did some trigger points with accupuncture needles on my back, the side of my left thigh and the front of my left calf. It felt good for a couple of hours but the sciatica cranked back up and only got worse since then. I worked a whole 12 hour shift Wednesday night; Thursday night I had to leave early due to the pain. At work I can only take Tylenol for pain (it doesn't do anything) and I try to lie down in the break room a few times during the night when I can. I feel like a wimp and a failure right now. When I went through this last time (2 years ago), I managed to grit my teeth and deal with it until I had surgery. I already dealt with major liver surgery this summer. I'm sitting here trying to go to sleep because I have to work tonight and Sunday night but this leg pain is driving me nuts. I've taken Zanaflex (my doc has given me the liberty to take a max of 32mg/day) and Vicodin. They really just take the edge off if anything. I've done my palm presses all night, taken a hot epsom salt bath, laid on the heating pad. (I know my wonderful and patient boyfriend is tired of listening to me whine.) None of my tricks are working.
So, what do you do when nothing else works?
Thanks for reading,