I have done quite a lot of reading on this site so far and have found some really interesting information. I appreciate it.
I am a 52 yr old Mom, small business owner, primary bread winner (90%) of HH. I have been quite physically active most of my adult life (though put on 20 lbs & fell out of shape due to a medication I quit last Nov.) 6 months ago I was walking my v. young, strong dog and wham!, massive pain in my lower back. First time ever. After the initial acute pain subsided, I have not been able to sit or stand to work for any length of time w/o substantial pain and massive muscle spasms that radiate (mostly) from my right lower back straight up to neck right & left, sometimes causing numbness alternating in right and left hands. (I work at a desk/computer)
After 2 months in, had 1st Lumbar MRI. Showed L5-S1 central herniated disc, broad disc bulge, smaller L3-4 left lateral herniation. Beginnings of arthritis. Was told it was not a big deal & v. treatable with PT. So I threw myself into PT & decided this was a wake-up call to get back in shape. 4.5 months of PT did nothing. Muscles spasms just worsened.
Went to see PM Dr., suggested cervical MRI & steroid shots.
Results of cervical MRI (don't know what it means yet - still need consult) Multi level spondylosis most pronounced at C6/7 level - R. paracentral & neuroforanimal disk protrusian/disc osteophyte complex.
Just had my 2nd epidural steroid shot at L5 and some trigger injections. Very mild, temporary improvement only.
Working is getting harder & harder to deal with. I'm feeling hopeless. My daughter is in her last year of HS & off to college next year & I'm terrified I will have sell my 1/2 of business & everything else I own. I have an expensive private disability policy that would yield nothing for 3 months & then will not cover everything when it does kick in.
Don't know why I can't get a little better and the spasms won't stop.
I'm was taking Percocet (1 to .15 a day) Now on Dilaudid ( 2-4mg day) Baclofen and Valium for spasms, Aleve, Ambien for sleep sometimes, just started Lexapro for depression. Only drugs that seem to actively work are Valium and narcotic painkillers.
Any advice would be much appreciated. After reading many post here I feel like a lightweight, but I do feel like my life is on the edge.