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Trying to be positive

Nat SusanNNat Susan Posts: 2
edited 04/14/2015 - 7:20 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi. I am glad I found this site. I am a 38 year old female who is trying to stay positive. From 2001 until 2004, I was a healthy & very active police officer, working in the patrol section. I went to the gym daily & enjoyed my runs & my road cycling on my time off. In 2003-2004, I started losing feeling in my left foot & It would flop when I walked. I also was feeling a lot of pain from my buttock; shooting down my leg. I saw my doctor, who sent me to a chiropractor & a physiotherapist. I felt they did not help, but kept seeing them. I had MRIs & x-rays of pretty much all my body, but nothing showed. By May 2004, I was no longer exercising in any way due to pain & had visited the ER a few times for the pain, as no medications were helping. I did acupuncture & saw an osteopath as well, but that did not help either. I was losing weight eventhough I was no longer excercising. By August 2004, I was on disability from my job. I finally saw a neurologist in Spring of 2005 & she said I had sciatic neuropathy. We do not know what started this issue, as I do not recall any big injury. It just crept up on me. I started taking Neurontin & after about six months, I was able to go for short walks & started easing back to work (in an accommodated position in civilian clothes). I would work, but by the end of the day, I was in bed everyday after work due to pain, exhaustion & keeping a front that I was feeling okay. During this time, I was seeing a pain specialist, doing physio exercises at home & talking vitamins, as well as neurontin. About two years ago, it seemed that the pain & uncontrollability of left leg & foot were getting very worse & I was hardly able to get through a day's work. Sitting & standing were even way worse than before. Needless to say, I haven't gone for a walk since September 2013, nor have I worked since November 2013 & I am back on disability. A new doctor I started seeing in December 2013 recommended I start using a cane. The cane helps & I use it all the time. It is a must. I am also switched over to Lyrica. It helps somewhat, but seems to just take a small edge off the pain. I spend a lot of time in bed, as lying down is most comfortable. I saw another neurologist in the Spring of 2014. The EMG or nerve conduction test showed I have chronic permanant nerve damage. He said it was L5 S1 I think. I can't remember the numbers & I don't have anything in front of me right now. The doctor believes that due to the structure of my hips & muscle in that area, the nerve was irritated over the past ten years & has caused the damage. Although I no longer do any excercises & I have lost even more weight during the past two years & I eat a lot. I do not look healthy & I have dark circles around my eyes.. not just under my eyes. My GP sent me for blood collection urinalysis & I have low B-12, so I am getting shots for that. I am a positive person, but this is very discouraging. I am not sure what else can be done. Thanks for taking the time to read this. Actually, composing this message felt good.


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