Hi I posted the other day about continuing nerve pain down the right leg four months on.
My surgeon took me in yesterday for a nerve block to try and damp it down .... Thought I would be done with those! Turned out he did two ... at L4/L5 and also at S1 (always thought this was my worst spot). He said he would look at the nerves and flush the nerves through with dye and saline to see if the nerves were open and free and he would take it across to the left side too to get a full picture. He said just the pressure of putting the solution through sometimes was enough to free them up and that the cortisone would help any continuing inflammation and help the nerves move better. I should hear from him to see if that is exactly what he did and that will dispel that lingering worry that 'something is wrong'.
Spent a fairly uncomfortable evening once the local anaesthetic wore off but although I am aching a bit this morning, the sciatica already feels better.
This is still a drawn out recovery with the good days, better days and occasional real rubbish day where I still have to pay for whatever I did yesterday that was probably too much .... But life is slowly improving in small ways and I am more confident that I will make it through well. Things would be easier if I wasn't facing a knee replacement later in the year when the back surgeon gives the go ahead ... He said at least six months post-fusion. The knee is bone on bone and very painful and has stopped me walking as much as I intended ... What can you do but keep going!