I'm going for an EMG of my lower extremities bright and early tomorrow morning...actually, this morning considering it's 3:15 am. In any case, I'm nervous because I remember it was not pleasant the last time I had one done several years ago. However, my PM doc wants to try to pinpoint the cause of my sciatica.
In other news, I called the NP at my NS office today to talk to her about the Neurontin. I'm annoyed because I'm on 1200 mg per day, I've gained 8 lbs in one month, and it isn't working AT ALL. I asked her if she thought I should wean off or try to increase the dose. So, she increased it to 1800 mg per day. I'll give it a few weeks to see if it works. If not, I think I'll wean off because I can't imagine the weight gain is going to help with my back. I was so proud of myself because I had lost 20 lbs and only had about 25 more to go. Ugh!
Now to my question. I've tried oral steroids, meds, one ESI, a TENS unit, heating pad, etc, and nothing has worked. The oxycodone is the only thing that helps. I have my follow-up appt with the NS next Tuesday, and he had said at my last appt that if I was still in substantial pain despite these treatments, then I'd likely need another surgery. I have thought about talking to my PM doc about starting a regimen of meds to better control my pain. That being said, I feel like taking medication is only masking the problem. We know which disc is the culprit, and we know that it has been getting worse over time. Granted, I could end up having the surgery and still having pain afterwards. If that were the case, then I'd be willing to start a new regimen of medications. I just don't know what to do. My first spine surgery was only 2.5 month ago, and the memory of it is still so fresh in my mind, which makes it difficult to think about going through that all over again. Plus, there is the issue of not wanting to jeopardize my new job. However, this pain is greatly decreasing my quality of life. The past several weeks have been particularly difficult, and I feel like the pain is slowly getting worse and worse. I guess my question is...what would you do if it were you? Would you have the surgery to try to fix the disc which we know is causing the problem? Or would you try to manage it with meds for as long as possible? I should also mention that the disc is T7-8. Not sure if that makes a difference.