Hi, I'm not exactly sure what details I should include here and my whole tale of woe feels like it would take forever, so here's the short version.
For over two years I have had terrible sciatic in my left buttock and down to my knee when sitting down. Being that I have a desk job, this means that I am in a considerable amount of pain that gets progressively worse by Friday. I don't know how it happened, but it may have started as something I did in Barre class and ignored. The first thing I tried was acupuncture, which didn't work, then a chiropractor, that didn't work, then I went to a pain management guy who said I had piriformis syndrome and sent me to phys therapy, which didn't work. Then I went to an orthopedist, got MRIs which showed L5 bulging disc as well as "chronic denervation and fatty infiltration of the gluteus maximus" and proximal hamstring strain. So basically my muscle was starting to atrophy from nerve compression. The orthopedist sent me to a very arrogant non-surgical spinal specialist who gave me my first cortisone shot. It took about 2 weeks before I felt any relief and then I did feel relief for about 2 weeks and then it came back. I'm still doing phys therapy through all this, no results. Then I tried a different acupuncturist, then I tried a different chiropractor, then I went to a different pain management place and got three different cortisone injections over a period of about 2 months which helped with my lower back ache (which I feel like i've had since having kids 8-10 years ago but it is something I can live with. The sciatica not so much.) The shots didn't help my sciatica at all. The only drugs I've tried besides Advil are 5 days of prednisone and then meloxicam. Neither did anything.
have I lost you yet? I'm in so much pain. I feel so sad about it. I'm 46 years old, will I be in pain forever? And what about the atrophied muscle. I am in pretty good physical shape and none of the doctors seemed so panicked about that fact but it was kind of a huge deal to me.
I'm thinking surgery is my next option, though none of my doctors have yet suggested it to me.
Any words of wisdom, support, direction or hope would be greatly appreciated. And I'm in NYC in case you know of any great docs/alternative specialists I should see.