I've been in absolute agony and hoped I'd get advice on how to get to a doctor and what pain meds work best for sciatica and SI.
I’m a 60 yr old woman…have had back problems off & on for years from an active sports life. Had a psoas muscle cramped like concrete for ten years until a gifted sports masseuse worked it out – a miracle. A year ago I had bout of what I think was sciatica from a tight piriformis. Searched U tube for exercises. Did them and it went away. Six weeks ago I liifted a heavy object and got that “twinge”. Did all the stuff to prevent it from getting worse to no avail. It warped into bad pain in my upper right butt and down my leg to my right foot. The piriformis exercises didn’t help. My upside down board didn’t help. Just keeps getting worse. Now I’m thinking it might be a disc issue and I am concerned that it is serious.
From an impressive horseback riding accident in 1976, my back looks like a train wreck on x-ray. But I can go a year or so without any back issues if I do all the right stuff. So I am baffled and, as you all know, the pain is terrible. I have osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia & lupus but this is a separate thing (I think) . I have some leftover Neurontin but it is only taking the worst edge off, in large doses. Cannot find any position that doesn’t hurt.
Because of a reversal of fortune, like everybody else, I find myself on Medicaid. I’m used to having excellent health insurance with the ability to walk into any doctor’s office, so this is a new world to me.
So my questions are:
1) What is the best, sensible pain med y’all have found to cut this kind of pain and allow you to work? ( I have to work somehow) .
2) What is the best way to figure out what the heck is causing the problem and what to do about it? Emergency room? Chiropractor? Let the Medicaid doctor refer me to an unknown specialist?
Any advice would be appreciated. I’m aware that the Neurontin doesn’t help me to be at my cognitive best…. : )