I'm in quite the conundrum. Even post op from all the surgeries I am still having back pain. That stays at about a 4 when I'm medicated, a 7 when I'm not.
The problem that makes me feel like I'm losing my mind is in my left leg. The pain shoots down my "hamstring" like normal sciatic pain does. It branches out though. At about 4 inches above my knee the pain starts to wrap around the lower part of my quad and into my knee. The knee pain is unbearable. It causes me to fall because it just goes out on me or the pain floors me. The pain then continues down my calf (which is a much more minor pain thank God) & stops at my foot. I have CONSTANT numb/tingling in my foot. I could step on a lego and not feel it. If I move it a certain way I get feeling but it's a tingling like my foot is asleep. It's maddening. The Neurontin helps tremendously as far as that goes.
My soon to be EX doctor recently cut me off of my Percocet which I had been on for 2 years straight. He has decided I have "opiate induced hyperanalgesia". The info I've read on this diagnosis says most patients pain is reduced after they're taken off of their pain meds. Well, I'm wondering when THAT will be. In the meantime he has told me to go to the ER for pain management. He's a jerk... luckily I work IN the ER so I have a report with several of the doctors who are treating me. While they can't give me a script for narcotics they have written for tramadol & they give me a shot. Most days I struggle through with my 10mg Butrans patch, tramadol, and advil along with the neurontin. That's it. My pain stays at a 7. When it starts to get worse, if I move wrong or fall, I go into the ER. It's ridiculous. (Yes I AM getting a new doc for a second opinion)
Forgive the rant, that wasn't what this was supposed to be about. My question is- am I having symptoms that are unusual for severe sciatic pain? The only thing I can think of to justify the pain around my knee is if I had L3 damage but the last time I had a MRI was a couple months ago and it was not indicated to be problematic. I'm so confused.
PLEASE HELP!!! ~X( ~X-(