Hi all, have lurked for a long time and finally decided I had a specific question that I thought everyone can answer!
Original injury in 2011- got up sideways from the floor with my 20 lb baby tied to my chest . Typical SN pain down buttocks and leg, ignored for 8 months as I was nursing and "anti meds". I could do all activites at this point, just hurt when sitting for long, sneezing, etc.
Breaking point April 2012 - another false movement left me on the floor in tears, unable to stand got kyself to a doctor, he did an MRI. Herniated disc in the lumbar region . Prescribed : Arcoxia, Sirdalud, and diclofenaco . Also given permission to use ketorelaco 30mg for intense pain. After 5 days of best rest, meds, and a heating pad I could walk again and slowly got "better"
2013 , lost all the baby weight, issue completely disappeared and I was off the Ibuprofen which I had been taking to keep swelling down as I was always having faint symptoms.
In 2014. I regained alot of weight, symptoms appeared again. Started taking Ibuprofen , switched to Diclefenaco mid year . Taking a minimum of these anti inflammatories helped the symptosm at bay. Did some stretching excersizes and lots of walking. For the most part ok but not "cured".
LAST MONDAY : I did another reinjury , a simple false movement and ended up on the bathroom floor stuck on the floor like an upside down turtle.
pain worse than my original "big injury" , so I sent hubby out to get the same meds originally prescribed by the doctor in 2012. We live in Mexico City, hence the ability to get some meds (not all ) with just the bix of having previously owned it/even an old script. On Wednesday went to the closet doctor to us, literally 200 yrds from our home . She is a general practition. Recommended ibuprofen and "toughing it out" . She told me to walk as much as I could, even though I couldnt stand for more than 2 minutes without the leg going entirely numb and making me worry about it giving out.
Called her back Thrusday, went back in, she recommended "Neuroflax" injections, which are B12 . Um, vitamins are great but. Im seriously beyond that point. She also sent me to a massage therapist , which I wasnt against- felt ok during massage but more pain afterwards,
. Called again on Friday, she gave us a back doc recommendation, got in with her on Saturday (yesterday).
The back doc yesterday very knowledgable. Wanted to keep me over night, at that point I hadnt eaten since Monday, and had only had water to take meds. Sitting down to use the restroom was sooo painful, my body was literally not letting urine out. I *could* use the restroom, hadnt lost control of bowels, but the pain was making me blackout on the toilet, she wanted to give me IV fluids and pain meds, as she could see I couldnt stand for her 2 minute exam.
She put me on:
Arcoxia 120mg 1x daily
Lyrica at night
Paracetamol with tramadol (325mg/37.5mg) effervescent tablets 1x every 8 hours
Ketorolaco 30mg sublingual in case of severe pain (since she say I already had some)
An anti inflammatory cream to apply on leg and lower back.
I go back in tomorrow morning- by the sounds of it she was thinking. I would be able to endure a longer exam and may be up walking already. Sigh. This is the problem - I still cant be up long enough to go to the bathroom without the intense pain, weakness, numbness in leg.
My question is - how long were you literally unable to do ANYTHING? I know we all have different experiences. But. I have two young children and its depressing me to be on bedrest. I have read bedrest isnt recommended for long- and as soon as my leg stops falling asleep I can (and have) walk through the pain. I have a pretty high pain tolerance- giving birth to my 9lb 11ounce babies didnt hurt this bad. (With no meds) (trying to keep it light , ugh so depressed in this bed) . I KNOW I dont have to explain that *this* pain is different though here- you all KNOW and have been there, done that.
How much longer do I have to lay here?
And those that have suffered from this chronically, did losing weight help you?
PS Im an expat living in Mexico, so may have spelled some of the medications in Spanish, so sorry! The names are pretty similar though.