I went to a specialist at the end of January to figure out what was going on with the severe tingling and numbness in my feet. After I found out that the problem was spinal degeneration, spinal stenosis of the L4-L5 region (I believe that's how the doctor said it.)
In other words, i'm 26 and broken. And bummed. Though I'm sure a lot of you understand exactly how I feel...it's not fun news to hear that you will have to be in pain every day for the rest of your life. Between the arthritis in my lower spine and the stenosis I can't get enough relief.
Problem is, I went in for the epidural injection they suggested. It only increased my pain. On occasion I get relief from the tingling sensation in my feet. But on more occasions I am in at least twice as much pain as I was in before the treatment. First, when they were doing the injection, I felt him moving the needle around inside me deep in my muscles, I was told I would feel no pain because the Lydocain was supposed to numb everything. It didn't, but when I burst into tears because the pain quickly became unbareable they just proceeded to do as they were...so I just laid there and let them, chanting in my head what the nurse said before hand "This can only make it better, it can't make anything worse"
It made it worse..Now I get random deep pain in my back, ESPECIALLY if I do anything other than sitting around all day. I can't do anything I could before the epidural injection, and I couldn't do a whole lot back then either. And when the numbness and pain in my legs does kick in, it's far worse than it ever was before. I feel as if someone submerged my lower legs in boiling water sometimes.
My point is, how severe does the pain have to get before it's time to seek help? I am waiting on an appointment to see my doctor on the 16th, that's one week from now. The problem is, I keep having pain to the extent that I can't stop crying. Nothing helps, and I smoke weed for pain relief (I live in Colorado so it's legal here) because that's so far, the only thing that does anything. Lately...even that does nothing. What can I do? When do I throw in the towel and go to the ER? Is there anything they can do for my pain anyway or would it just be a wasted trip? I feel ...guilty? For trying to find some sort of relief... everyone always assumes people my age are just after drugs... I just want to live... I just want a few minutes every now and then where existing doesn't hurt.