Hey all, I'm Sara and I'm in search of some advice. I've been struggling with acute back pain for almost a month now, but have only possible answers so far and some very contradictory advice from my doctors. I had an old injury in my lower back six years ago, which I thought had healed with nothing more than a bit of pain. After some falls about a month ago, I realized that I couldn't feel my right foot/leg anymore, and went in to the ER.
So far, I've done the X-rays (scoliosis and damage from the accident in the lower back), and gotten my first of three cortisone shots for what the pain management doctor believes are probably herniated discs (l3-s1). I've got a referral for an MRI, but am nervous about the cost and not sure if it's necessary.
More than anything, I'm struggling with how limited I feel. I can't sit up for more than an hour or so without getting a bit nauseous from pain, so I'm off work, and because I can't feel my foot, I can't drive.
I'd love some suggestions on how to cope with pain and isolation, and what steps I can take to fix it. I have no idea which doctor to listen, what to do, or even how to cope with the pain and fear about the numbness!
Whew! Sorry this is so long. I didn't realize I'd have so much to say. Thanks in advance for any advice!