Hi, I have been suffering with sciatica since late in my first pregancy thirty years ago. I have very little back pain, but constant sciatic pain that overwhelms me and has for many, many years. My doctor and I both believe I ruptured a disc while pregnant, and though it healed, it damaged my sciatic nerve. I mean when I exhale it shoots straight down to my knee. That's on top of the constant hip to foot pain. Last time I saw my doctor, I told him we needed to come up with a plan because I've reached my limit, and if this is what I'm left with, then I was in big trouble. I have had steroid injections, but had no relief. I'm on a high dose of gabapentin and Neurontin, and that allows me a good night's sleep, but I am tired of being cranky when I get home at night. I am tired of my constant moaning. I want to function. I want to be able to go to the grocery store and not worry that I've walked too much, and knowing what the evening's outcome will be for my big time at the grocery store. I have left my church because there are too many stairs. I will be having a nerve stimulator implanted after carpal tunnel surgery. That was discovered at my last appt where I found my voice. I mentioned my fingers go numb, and after a nerve conduction and EMG, I was diagnosed with severe carpal tunnel syndrome. I tried getting the implant first, but my doctor said the surgery had to come first before my arm and hand turned into more chronic pain like my leg. Well, I scheduled that surgery for the first Monday in March.
So, now that y'all have read my story, do you thing it's possible to control some of my pain with meds? I have been told that pain meds block pain from the muscle, but it doesn't help nerve pain? Please tell me that's wrong.