About a month ago i had my first two lower lumbar epriduralon the left and right side. Three day's later I ended up in the E.R. with an attack of Diverticulitis. I know I had Diverticulosis diagnosed abou 6 years ago when I had my first Colonoscopy. I suspect it's coincidental but coricosteroid therapy has been know to cause GI problems. I have Spinal Stenosis in my C7 area and L1 down. I've been on Norco 10/325 for almost 4 months. It severely constipates me but I take stool softeners and eat prunes. I drink quite of bit of water now and this with the prunes just liierally blows my system out and it mainly watery. Sorry for the graphic gross description but I know there bound to be other people having similar problems.
I was unemeployed all of last year and did not have health insurance and suffered becuase i couldn't dind a dOrthopedist in the Austin, Tx. area to accept w/o health insurance. I'm back to work as a high school teacher but even with the pain medication 50% of the time it only helps some what. The first series of epidural helped some but the pain mgmt. doctor want to do a series of 3, which would be 3 lumbar injections lefts and right and 3 in my C7 area. I can exist without nearly as much pain medications if I didn't have to work and had the luxury of being able to lie down for a while. I asked about a disability retirement and my doctor told me it was treatable with epidurals, so it would not hold up. This would not be SSI disabilty but with my Teacher Retirement System. It seems that many do not think teaching can be a physical job but the bending over and lifting and sitting at the computer for long periods of time has me in very severe pain. It's mentally and physically draining. I have become so frustrated, I've become very depressed. I have not sought out counseling yet but being a divorced 57 year old male. I live in an new area where I have no friends to even ask for assistance to drive me to and from appointments, when I need a ride due to sedations. I'm now driving 120 miles to and from each doctors visit to where I onced lived and where my doctors are located in Tyler, Tx.
I have a consultation vist with the pain mgmt doctor Feb. 18 and I would imagine she will recommend me see a GI doctor for another colonoscopy. I'm so depressed my state of mind is really starting to scare me. It seems the people I ask for assistance(they have to work too), I'm really inconveiniencing them. I have considered suicide and my depression is worsening. First if any one has had GI trouble from Corticosteroid Injections, please let me know. I need to finish up my epidurals for relief but this has drug out from October to now and I may end up not having a job at the end of this school year, so I'll be w/o health insurance again and I'm not in a financial position to pay $500 p/mo for health insurance. Any info help would be of assistance. Thanks