Hello, I have been reading messages on this site for a few months seeking reassurance that the pain I am suffering will ease.
I underwent surgery for a ruptured disc at L2-3 April 2014 which was repeated just a few weeks later and have since had two sessions of spinal steroid injections. The first helped but the latest injections in March 2015 were not only agony to endure, but did not help at all. I have severe pain in my left thigh and groin with burning and some numbness together with horrendous cramp/muscle spasms and back pain - all of which worsens throughout the day.
I have had to give up work as a Carer and Professional Gardener, and without the support of my husband and family think I would have given up on life! I am trying hard not to give in to depression but the tears are never far away. For pain relief I am on Gabapentin, Morphine patches, and Co-Codamol - all of which make me quite dozy but I fight hard not to give in to it and keep as busy as possible. My home is full of stools to sit on - the kitchen for cooking, in the bathroom and bedroom, even my greenhouse, I feel like a cripple some days and get very frustrated that my life has been reduced to half hour slots - a quick dash to the shops, a speedy session of dusting the house, an attempt at gardening before my back gives way and I have to recline to ease the pain before it builds so much that it's in for the day.
I have an appointment with my Pain Consultant later this week and I am going to ask about Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Pain and wonder if anyone has had this procedure and can comment.
I feel so sorry for everyone undergoing these issues and hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel for all of us.