Let me begin by saying I am 69 years old and have had chronic pain in my back for 30 years. I wont list all that is wrong only to say I have everything wrong with my back that there is. I also have Fibromyalgia and severe arthritis.
I had a cervical fusion on 09/26/2009 that didn't go well. I still have a lot of residual problems from it.
Now to my sciatic. In July of 2014 I turned around to reach for something in the back seat of the car. Instantly I had a stabbing pain in my left sciatic nerve area. It was so painful I couldn't walk without a cane. I went to 5 different doctors and they all had different opionions of what was wrong.
I was in so much pain that I stopped at my former Chiropactor crying. He did a manipulation on my back. The results were awful. I couldn't get out of bed, couldn't stand up long enough to cook a meal. I existed on frozen entrees. (Ugh)
After going to the ER 4 times for shots of cortisone and Torodol. I finally went to an Orthopaedic Suergon who did a MRI and looked at my other records. He told me that a disk was pressing on my sciatic nerve. I had 2 choices. Have surgery to remove the part of my disk that was pressing on my nerve, or learn to live with. I was scheduled for surgery on Feb. 18 that was cancelled because at my pre-op check I had a slight fever. I was told that my PCP would have to release for surgery. She told me that she wouldn't release me for surgery until she found out what was causing the fever. I had blood tests and a nasal swab done. The blood test came back OK, but the lab screwed up my swab and I had to have another one done. All of this took several weeks.
During this time all I did was sit on an ice pack constantly and slept with one on my back, walk from the bathroom, also, let my 2 dogs outside, Since we were havinf sub zero temps, I didn't leave them outside more than a few minutes, which meant they had to go out constantly. I did laundry by walking up and down stairs. Sometimes I had to crawl up the stairs.
Then somehow I woke up one morning I was able to get out of bed and stood up with NO pain. I don't know what happened, but so far I haven't had any pain. Thank God The tests that delayed my surgery or I would be in a world of pain and facing months of rehab.
I still have back pain but it is from the other problems I have with my back andI am seeing my Orthapeadic doctor Monday which I think, be an interesting visit. I take Aleve or arthrits strength Tylenol. They don't take the pain away, just take the edge off. I am very careful not to twist my back, bend over, or life heavy objects . I still use my ice packs and they help. For some reason a heating pad makes the pain worse.
So that is my sciatic story. Now to see if I am able to get some relief from my other back problems.