I am new to this site and thought I'd introduce myself. I'm a divorced 'middle-age' mom of 4 young adult children; one son living back at home now. I have had issues with back pain for many years and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997. In July 2010 I injured my back gardening and developed sciatica. The pain was excruciating at the time and I still have pain every day from it. I won't go into a vent about here but I could.
I take lyrica and Tylenol 3s for the pain, tried physio but that didn't do much. I have an appt with a surgeon in April and a referral in for the pain management clinic. It takes a very long time to do these things here. I had a CT scan about Oct. and it showed a herniated disc at L5/S2 (or S1 I'm not sure), compressed sciatic nerve, arthritis and something else I can't remember.
Some days the pain is not so bad, like today, but that's usually days when I'm not doing anything. I can't sit for more than 1/2 hr so I can't work in the office. Luckily my job allows me to work from home. I spend most of each day lying down in bed with the laptop on my stomach. The medication makes it difficult to focus and think but so far I'm doing well enough to keep my job. On really bad days I have to take a sick day and just take more meds. I used all my sick days last year plus had to take 3 weeks sick leave. I can't go shopping or spend too long on my feet, just making supper is a big job. I really hope I heal and can get back to living my life but most days that seems like a distant dream.
I'm glad I found this group and hope to make many friends here. Its nice to find people who understand.