2 weeks ago my DH & I were in Aruba on vacation - SCUBA diving, long walk on the beach - running - I was running 3 miles a day. In fact - today I was to run in a 5 K (my first!!)
Then I went back to work - and woke up with screaming pain in my left butt - emailed my doctor who ordered Tramadol & said it sound like sciatica. The meds didn't help - I went to see her - I was in such pain she have me a shot of morphine & called my DH to come & get me. She then ordered Percocet.
That did not help - the pain is intense - can't sleep.
I e-mail her & she ordered Oxycontin & muscle relaxer & then a referral to a rehab doctor. I limp in to see him on Thursday - he does some tests in his office & says I have a slipped disc that is pinching on a nerve. He orders Prednison & neurontin & more percocet. I have been working form home for 5 days now.
He orders a spine x-ray (did that)
and an MRI - got insurance approval & it is next Thursday.
Friday - I get the results of the spine X-ray it reads:
There is severe degenerative narrowing of the L5-S1 disc space
with retrolisthesis, likely due to degenerative disc, ligamentous
and facet joint disease.
I FREAK OUT!! I am 51 years old - NEVER had back pain, never been sick, do yoga weekly, run daily & now my doctor calls me & tells me I need to take off 6-8 weeks of WORK!!
I am the boss of 46 staff & can't be away for that long.
He reassures me that I am fine. That there is "nothing wrong with me" - just take the meds & do not run.
He ordered PT - which I can start when the pain is better - and it is getting better - I can sleep now & stand for short periods of time without crying out loud.
SO - what does this all mean??
Is there a wheelchair in my future?
And the meds - I feel like a hummingbird on caffiene & my face is beet red. I am always thirsty.
Are there any restrictions? My doctor said "listen to your body".
Any stretches or exercises I can do to help the pain?
I called my boss & she will let me flex my schedule for the next few weeks- in the office for a few hours - then home to my recliner & work. I do mostly computer work.
Thanks so much for listeing. I knew as as soon as I read the results that there would be a forum out there!! :-)