I am a truckdriver and have suffered from moderate to severe chronic low back and left leg pain for 25 years. I have had 2 surgeries and numerous other procedures during those 25 years.
On November 16, 2009 I was at work and slipped on some ice and landed flat on my back. Not what this guy needed. I went to my company doctor to file a claim and get treatment. I was worried that Workers Compensation would deny my claim due to "pre-existing" conditions with my back. The good news is they did not deny my claim and have been paying for all treatments so far. The slip and fall greatly increased my sciatica and low back pain to the point where I could barely stand.
Fast forward to January 14, 2010:
Three days ago I had an ESI (Epidural Steroid Injection) at 2 levels. L-4 and L-5 S1. I have had these before, but only with short term relief. I decided to try again due to severe left leg sciatica and severe low back pain.
I am happy to report that my pain is GONE. Yesterday I washed my truck by hand, then went to the grocery store. I never, never would have been able to do those chores before the shots. Before the shots I could not stroll through the supermarket because my back pain would flare up to a 9 or 10. I could not lay on my back for more than 20 minutes before my leg went numb and burning and any movement would cause a severe stabbing pain. Its all gone now.
I know its only been 2 days, but I dont recall having 100% relief from previous injections. I believe the doctor hit the "bullseye" on both levels. He bathed the inflammed nerves with the steroid real good. He used about a tablespoon of Beta-methasone on each nerve.
I will update this post every couple of weeks to keep everybody informed of my progress.
Here is a list of my back problems:
DDD (Degeneritive Disc Disease - I have 5 discs that are dehydrated and collapsed or collapsing.) Fusion has been discussed.
Bulging discs at L-4 and L-5
Spinal and Foriminal Stenosis (Bone spurs)
Severe left leg sciatica
Surgeries and procedures since 1986:
Deep tissue massage therapy
TENS unit stimulation
2 laminectomies/discectomies (1986 and 1997)
Numerous ESI procedures
Discussions of pain pump implant and/or spinal fusion for DDD.
My current private doctor is a anesthesiologist/pain specialist. The workers comp doctor that did the injections has the same credentials.
The meds I take:
60mgs methadone per day
5mg oxycodone as needed for breakthrough pain
10mg valium as a muscle relaxant and sleep aid.