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Muscle spasms and crippled from sciatica.....HELP!

ZiggyZZiggy Posts: 2
edited 07/06/2015 - 12:10 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello All,
I'm in the worse pain I've ever experienced in my 55+ yrs. I can't walk without a crutch or walker. Without pain meds I'm crying in pain and chewing on my pillow in agony. Im on 30 mg of methadone and the pain is still intense. I had x-Rays taken Thursday and blood work is going to be done Monday. My dr. Is moving really slowly. I'm on medi-cal and I'm sure that's worse than having regular insurance. My Dr. renewed my flexaril and told me to take 10mg three times a day, and refilled my Voltaren and told me to take it twice a day.....but wouldn't refill my methadone or zolpidemtartraat because of their abuse potential. She told me to go to the ER! I was being treated by a Dr. In the Netherlands and had all the meds with me.
I don't know what to expect at the ER. I run out of methadone in about five days.
My Dr. In the Netherlands told me I needed a MRI stat...and hopefully I don't have any permanent damage. My rt. foot feels like it's wrapped in tight rubber bands, a tingly weird numb feeling and my leg hurts like hell. I have horrible "shocks" and muscle spasms.
I can't live like this. I'm a extremely active person and walk four miles a day until this happened. I basically woke up a cripple.
Can anybody advise me what to do? Should I go to the ER now? I consider partial paralysis a emergency... But my dr. Here didn't seem very concerned.
I haven't read around the board yet...but look forward to meeting you all...


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  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    edited 07/06/2015 - 1:45 AM
    I just read your post and hope you have found a little relief since posting. Do you have a pain management doctor yet?

    Let us know how you are doing!

  • Thanks for your hello!
    They are sending me to a pain management clinic...but like everything "medi-cal" it's going to take awhile to get it approved.
    I went to drop off the prescriptions for the muscle relaxant and anti inflammatory meds and it showed I wasn't covered...ugghh, that means hours on the phone trying to straighten it out. People with private insurance are SO lucky. Im trying to just take 20mg a day of the methadone, but I'm really hurting today....lots of muscle spasms. Im thankful for my sister...I'm staying with her and don't know what I'd do without her.
    What's your story Betty? (If you don't mind me asking?)
    I went and had bloodwork done this morning. That will be the highlight of my day!
  • Hi Ziggy. I moved from England too Texas & the attitude towards pain meds is very, very different here. Avoiding the different risks of abuse & addiction is a medical priority & not reserved as a legal issue like in most of Europe. Believe me, even with private insurance your chances of immediately being given 'narcotic' medications from a GP are very slim. ;-(
    Things will get better. It took me a while to get a great team of specialists & insurance issues still plague me! Ugh!! Phone, phone & phone again is the only real advise I can think of right now. The squeaky wheel often gets the oil (or whatever the phrase is) you need to get your insurance running. I've only ever had private insurance so hopefully another member can give you some advise....or look/post under the Health Insurance forum (hit Mind/Body/Spirit on the top left to find it).

    Treatment in the ER can be hit & miss. They WILL investigate & treat you but in my experience they won't prescribe narcotics. I'd phone your referred Pain Management doctor & explain the urgency of your prescription situation but until your insurance is sorted they won't see you. I think you've got a lot of telephone time coming! ;-(

    I'm glad you've found us. We're here to help & listen to you vent if you need to. I hope that you get all of your paperwork sorted soon.

    I hope you're using all the little 'tricks', ice/heat, hot Epsom salt baths etc. Ask your local pharmacist about OTC meds & creams they can help a bit. If you need to go through withdrawals they can also give you products to help. Ugh! I'm so sorry. Please let us know how things are going. ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Betty65BBetty65 FloridaPosts: 83
    THanks for asking, Ziggy. Nothing traumatic happened to me all at once, I think my back issues are a result of age and life experience. I also think being tall has been part of the problem. I'm 5'9", which I suppose is tall for a woman.

    So thinking back over the years.....

    I fell off a horse when I was 13 and landed flat on my back. It knocked the wind out of me.

    Fell straight backward on ice when 20, knocked unconscious for a second or two.
    Fell off a boardwalk overpass at the beach (was pushed accidentally) , landed on butt (thank God) and broke my tailbone. 22 years old
    Car accident at 23. Whiplash.
    Gave birth to two beautiful girls at ages 29 and 35. Spent years lifting them, carrying them, etc. (well worth any pain I'm in now!)
    Taught Sunday school for many years, with accompanying lifting and carrying small children.
    Years of incorrect bending, lifting, twisting.

    Other than those significant events, I guess my degenerative disk problems, arthritis, etc., are just a result of normal aging.

    Back to YOU. So sorry you are having such problems with insurance! Sometimes it must seem like being in pain is a part-time or even a full-time job. Keep trying, though. Once you get set with a good pain management office -- one that really cares -- you will hopefully get some relief.

    Hang in there!
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