Hello all. I have been a "lurker" for a few months since finding this forum, and finally decided to come out from behind the shrubbery!
I'm a 62 y.o. woman with a wonderful hubby, two awesome sons and three beautiful granddaughters. I work full time (out of necessity - would love to cut down to part time, but can't at the moment)
I cannot remember a time when I did not have some sort of back discomfort. For starters I have scoliosis. Back when I was in school, there was no screening - we didn't know anything about scoliosis and I, along with several family members including my Dad, were said to have "one hip higher than the other". So since I was a young adult, if I overdid, stood too long without using good posture, I would get a backache.
Three years ago, I was in my car and simply turned my body so that I could back up, and a pain shot through my back. I didn't think much of it, and continued on my way to work. By the time I was driving home that night, I could barely switch my foot from the gas to the brake without pain. Ended up with sciatica and terrible back pain caused by a bulging disk.
I have been overweight for most of my adult life and now have arthritis/DDD. Since that time 3 years ago, I have been receiving ESIs fairly regularly, and have had pretty good success. I had one in late September (bi-lateral) which worked well on the right side, but seemed to have no effect on the left. In late Oct. my PM decided to repeat the ESI just on the left side. I was in so much pain that day that I asked for a wheelchair to get me up to the procedure room.
The shot did nothing. This is highly unusual for me. However, Dr. feels that even though I have always been a good responder, that I should wait a full 2 weeks before looking more closely for the cause of my pain. He prescribed Vicodin, which takes the edge off the pain. I do have to say that today (1 week post-injection) I feel better than I did last week at this time, but not enough to feel comfortable going out of the house on my own. I went to work on the day after the ESI (as I always have), and was in such pain I had to go home. And I've been here ever since.
So here I am, sitting at home, wondering what to do, counting the days, with the strong feeling that this is going to be a long process. I have no more paid sick time, which makes me more nervous with each day that goes by.
By joining this forum, I just hope to get some support and the knowledge that others are in the same boat. Thanks.