Good Afternoon Everyone
first time posting, but have read some of your stories in the past few weeks while suffering for the first time from severe back pain
this all started 10 weeks ago after a workout. i tried to stretch and touch my toes, and thats when i knew something was wrong. pain like i have never felt in my life
from the beginning i begged for an MRI, only to be told i need to see a physiatrist and start physical therapy. physical therapy didn't help, and the therapist advised me to stop until seeing MRI results. finally after 6 weeks i was approved an MRI
prior to the MRI they prescribed me oral steroids, which totally screwed me up. my heart would race, and slow down. my temperature would go from fever to chills. i couldn't stop vomitting until the last dose was out of my liver, this went on for hours. smells, tastes, sounds all were almost out of a horror movie--everything made me vomit.
i called the Dr and he said to stop the steroids immediately, felt nauseous all the time for the next 2 weeks or so, finally its gone.
the pain however, at its worst, is just as bad as it was on day 1. finally i received my MRI results showing an annular tear at L3 L4 and 2 disk bulges. at this point, i still can't work for more than 3-5 hours (desk job, even with breaks standing and walking), i am taking 1-3 Perc10s a day, and my quality of life has diminished a lot (i'm only in my 20s)
so here i am at 10 weeks and epidural (ESI) is the topic of the day:
doctor 1 recommends it, says there is a chance it might not help but that it could very well make me start to feel better/begin physical therapy again
doctor 2 does not recommend it, says it will not help me
the thing is, doctor 1 is the one who gave me the oral steroids, and he does not seem to be concerned that i had a horrible reaction to the steroids. i have read some posts on ESIs and the horrible side effects some have had seem eerily similar to the ones I experienced on oral steroids. can anyone weigh in on this?
i have seen a lot of health care professionals in this short time, but most have been kinda short on the "care" part
thanks in advance to anyone with advice/opinions