Hello everyone. My name is Steve,33 years old, and I'm new here. After fracturing my L1 in a vehicular collision two years ago, I have been hurting ever since.
My fracture apparently healed properly, however, every day I wake up feeling like a 90 year old arthritic man. It takes me hours before I start to loosen up and feel somewhat normal.
I also suffer from severe sciatica in my left buttock and leg. Sitting, for me, is my number one trigger for pain. Not so good, when you're a professional driver! And, of course to be the icing on the cake, I also have been diagnosed with PTSD and major depressive disorder....yaay
Unfortunately the doctors can't figure out why I'm experiencing such severe sciatica. The MRI looks clean, and they don't see any nerve impingement. I'm waiting to see a neurologist, but since the MRI's aren't showing anything dangerous, it's taking forever to get in to see him.
They thought it was piriformis syndrome for a long time, but have since ruled that out.
I often wonder if I would feel any better if I could figure out exactly what is wrong with me. All I know for sure, is that I am in pain all day long. If it's not my back acting up, it's my sciatica.....If my sciatica feels pretty good....then my back is killing me. I'm stuck in this rut, and don't see any way out.
I have a wonderful wife and children, and it's all I can do to function like a "normal" person. But its really hard, when I can't even sit at the supper table because of the sciatic pain....or take them to a movie and enjoy it....or even go for a nice Sunday drive.
I'm losing my job in the military and have no idea how I'm going to make a living after I get out. Unless I'm considered permanently disabled, and won't have anything to do for the rest of my life. Maybe I'll be Mr. mom and my wife can go to work every day
Thanks for letting me vent here everyone. I know my wife is tired of me complaining all the time....and to be honest, it feels like my doctor is even sick of my pain.
This place is a blessing.