I had always heard that chronic pain could worsen with changes in weather. My parents lived with horrible arthritis and would always complain about the cooler weather.
That was in Texas. I am living in the Upper Midwest.
After my annular tear at L4/L5, I was doing pretty well in the pain department. The numbness still frustrated me, but the searing pains weren't there.
Then again, it was 80-85 degrees.
We had a massive round of thunderstorms over the weekend, and I started getting little twinges in my buttocks and lower back. Like little needles randomly stabbing different spots (probably along the sciatic nerve).
Last night, my husband wanted to leave the windows open. I thought...What the heck? It got down to about 45 degrees overnight...65 (and damp) in the house. This morning, I'm just about disabled. A constant, gnawing ache with needles stabbing the back of my knee and into my ankle. The numbness never really turns to pins and needles for me (from the knee to my big toe in a "strip" of numbness), but, at times, it will worsen, making it feel like my foot is swollen. My foot drop is nasty, today. I'm so stiff.
AND...the leg unaffected by the lateral foraminal stenosis is actually aching like a mutha. It isn't as bad as the affected leg, but it is there.
Is there a hole I can crawl into? I read all the stories on here of people who've suffered with chronic pain like this for decades. I've had moderate to severe lower back pain for about a decade, myself, but the nerve pain...you can't do anything about it! Percocet doesn't do anything but make me wanna puke!
Dammit, I want my life back. :-(