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Feeling Hopeless Sciatic Pain for 1 year

jm108jjm108 Posts: 7
I am new to this forum and really need some support/advice. I injured my back a year ago while babysitting. I was just sitting on the ground and when I went to reach for something I felt something pop. Then that night I was in severe pain, the severe pain lasted for about 2 months. I could barely move, I was in extreme pain from my lower back down my legs. I was in extreme pain walking up stairs, getting up and down from chairs and bed, while bending, sitting, standing, everything. I was out of work for 2 months. I didn't have insurance and didn't know what to do. After a few months the pain lessened and I finally found a job assisting in a Kindergarten class, probably not the best work for lower back pain, but the only job I could find. Now it has been a year and the sciatic pain is still there. I can't sit for too long without it hurting and bending at work brings spasms. I finally got insurance and went to doctor, but not getting much clarity. They won't take MRI and say it is probably a bulging disk and sent me to PT. I am starting PT next week. Now also a few weeks ago I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, so I can't stand for too long because of foot pain or sit for too long because of sciatica pain! I am feeling so hopeless, it has gone on so long and has made so many things in my life difficult. I am questioning if I can go back to my job in 5 weeks, there is soooo much bending and squatting involved. I am alone, have no family, so I have to work to support myself. Not sure what to do, I would be thankful for any advice!

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    I'm not clear about why doctor does not want to do MRI?
    Are you seeing a spine specialist?

    My Primary doctor tried to work with my pain about two years before referring me to pain management doctor.

    That was best thing for me! PM doctor did testing and gave me instructions re my activity level.

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  • In my experience (just my opinion) many GP's stand by the guidance that most back pain is muscular & will go away with rest. That can be true but you've been suffering for a while now. I think you need that MRI. How many times have you been to your doc about this? I'd push for answers. Without diagnostics we'd just be guessing what's going on. All treatment is more effective when the therapist/doc etc knows exactly what they're dealing with.
    All of my family is in England so I'm raising 2 little kids without a support system. It's brutal sometimes! I had a great physical therapist who taught me better ways to lift, bend, etc. before him specialists just gave me restrictions...how can you deal with little ones & not bend?? Make sure the therapist knows what you need to do when you get back to school. I can even dress a squirming toddler without crying & getting nauseous from the pain since I went to PT. ;-)
    I suffer from spasms & trigger point injections (you can search at the top of the page) really helped. The botox ones last longer but some insurance won't pay for them.
    I'm sorry, there's no magic bullet for your kind of pain. It's about finding a good mix of treatments, medical/natural, that combined reduce your pain level enough to get on with things & hopefully heal or take it to the next level of treatments/surgery. It all starts with that MRI.... Best of luck.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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