So I'm having a L5/S1 discectomy in the middle of April and have a few weeks to get through before then. Thankfully I don't have to work between now and then, but I'm seriously struggling to even have a shower or go to the toilet because of my sciatica pain. I won't describe the pain because I'm pretty sure everyone here gets it :P
I have to get to my GP every week for a medical certificate (THAT'S fun!) and I keep telling her about the agonising pain (I have to lay on a bed during the consult as I can't sit - you'd think she'd figure it out?) and she prescribed Panadeine Forte after I requested something for pain (30mg codeine; 500mg paracetamol) but it does absolutely nothing (I tend to take it at night as sometimes it manages to knock me out and I get more than a few hours sleep).
I've also tried:
- Panadeine Extra (over the counter..15mg less than Forte)
- Dolased/Mersyndol (a friend recommended this. Paracetamol 500mg, Codeine 10mg, Doxylamine Succinate 5.1mg - this tends to knock me out better than the Panadeine Forte but leaves me a little *too* stoned for my liking and does nothing for the actual pain...and I'm too unco to move with caution which can end up making it worse. It's ok for bedtime though.)
- NSAIDs (Nurofen Plus; Voltarin Rapid - neither work, and I need to stop NSAIDs ten days out from my surgery anyway).
Any suggestions about what I need to say to my GP to get the message across? I read the sticky posts at the top of the forum which say not to go into your GP demanding a particular drug etc, and fair enough, but I feel like I'm going to put some suggestions up in neon lights for this woman to get the message. I'm hoping to get into the pool and do some water walking to start strengthening up my core but it ain't going to happen unless I get some kind of pain relief.
I'm hoping that some wiser heads can offer some suggestions