HI Everyone. I am a new member and I am so glad I found this web site. I am 50-something female and have had on and off leg/butt pain for 2 years, I thought it was a hamstring injury since I am (was) so active and treating it as such. I had no idea it was something else. My back is perfectly pain free. 4 weeks ago at the gym using a leg press, I felt what seemed like a massive pull in that buttock. I could barely even walk afterward - the pain (still felt like hamstring - still no back pain but now the butt and leg pain is constant, severe and lifestyle-changing. I can walk but it is cery painful. stiing for no more than 10 misnutes before it becomes bad. Only position that feels OK is the fetal with a moist heat pad on my butt and thigh. MRI shows mild spinal stenosis L3 and moderate L4 and L5. I am into my 3rd week of PT. I had a course of oral prednisone which seemed to help a little by the 3rd day and have Darvocet for pain (not doing much at all)and 600 ,g Presctiption Motrin 3 times a day. I just saw a PM as refered by my ortho doctor and he recommeded the epidural shot - I got scared and wanted to try another med first. I was given a script for Lyrica but the side effects scare me although he said it takes a few weeks to realize its benefits, if any.
The side effects of Lyrica, will they go away over time? Is there a withdrawal problem wit Lyrica if I decide to stop them due to side effects? Based on my pain, which is between 7 and 10 almost all the time, am I foolish to not go right for the injection? I do not tolerate meds all that well either so I am very upset and undecisive if I made the right choice.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.