40s female, have had two slipped discs, l4l5 and sg1 since 97. My backs gone out here and there. 2 months ago I went to a new physical therapist and one of her exercises caused sciatica. It was the one where I was pulling my left leg over my waist while lying down. I've been getting small pains since till they got worse. I think I pulled too hard and she didn't tell me how firm to pull till AFTER. ON SAT. I CALLED THE AMBULANCE, I FELT AS THO A BOLT OF LIGHTNING WENT THRU ME. I had been sleeping all day and when I got up I couldn't stand. I kept rubbing the spasm I always feel on my lower left side of back. I knew i was a goner then. Ten yrs ago this happened but without the sciatica!
They took me away on a sheet! i had dragged self to living room to open door to let them in!
I was given morphine on the way, spent 7 hrs at hospital, ignored most of that time, given one iv bag with morphine & a steroid, prescribed tramadol and valium for anxiety. I've been bedridden since for three days. I can't stand long on my left leg, it begins to burn and ache horrifically! I have an appt w a pain specialist at a physical therapy place, hes an MD. I've been told a cortisone shot would do me good. Don't know if that's true.
I stopped the tramadol, and went back to my standby of vicodin and flexiril, it puts me outta my mind as I have claustrophobia and anxiety due to ongoing back issues and of not being able to roll in bed in the past. I've NEVER had sciatica before and this is all new.
I need help fast to alleviate pain and advice. I'm listening to dr Sarno cd's as well. My main dr prescribed amitriptyline and CYM Alta OF ALL THINGS. I think he has problems. He's a new doctor. He heard triggers such as "anxiey" and instead of pain meds he thinks antidepressants.
I have a note to stay out of work for another week, I need help to cope wi this. I'm drugging myself up with low dose Valium and flexiril and ,Orrin so as not to be aware how crucial this is, and claustrophobic. I'm writing this in bed. I hope this is the right place to post this.
My nMe is Linda, I'm 49 yrs old, live alone, have pets,this causes added stress. I'm east of l.a. In the hills. I can only walk a few minutes before bad pain ensues and I rush back to bed. I don't feel much lying down.
PLS HELP! thank I.