Good afternoon cyber world.
My name is Darcie, I am currently 29 years of age.
My story starts about 5 years ago when I started to feel some discomfort in my lower back area. (Then, I referred to it as my hips, which was more of a generalization for myself, to which now I learn the specific area, Lower lumbar, SI etc) The pain was most apparent when I sat, I had an office job at the time, so I accepted the fact that perhaps my back is no used to the long time of sitting. I went through physiotherapy, learned exercises, and home therapies to utilize when the aching was bugging me. The discomfort slowly dwindled and I noticed it less and less...for the time being.
I don't want to write a HUGE story, so in a nutt shell, the discomfort turned into a constant pain at a level of 4, 5 the year following, and stayed there for the duration of the year. This is truly when I became more in tuned with what was going on. The last two of those five years have been the worst pain I have ever felt. The pain levels have been remaining at a 9 10 sometimes, 11. I spoke with my doctor at the time in more then one circumstances.. I think I was at their office once or twice a week. They basically gave me the cold shoulder and said it was all in my head. I then found another lovely doctor who instantly set me up with an MRI and a specialist in spinal cord pain. In the meantime, she prescribed steroid injections in the lower lumbar for relief, but unfortunately, to no success.
After nine months of waiting for the MRI and connection with the specialist, it all happened. I had the MRI and the Friday following I met with the new doctor. We looked at the spine and he pointed out a degenerative disc that is pushing on my nerve. I was relived! I finally had something to go off of. The next steps we were to take were one more dose of the steroid in a different area, just in case, and a nerve root block to freeze "everything" before I see the surgeon. The problem being, that they surgeon may think I am "too young" and neglect the procedure (which at this point I don't even know what that entails.)
I was super excited about the nerve root block, I really couldn't imagine a life with out intense pain. I had it done, took the next day off of work, and after that, did light duty for the next two weeks to really let the medication set in. (I now have a different job that does not include desk work)
This was four weeks ago.......and as of last week, approximately Wednesday, the pain came firing back at me. I cant hardly walk, sleep or do my job properly. It is absolutely frustrating and simply depressing. I am not sure what other avenues I have. I was under the understanding that a nerve root block was basically it for freezing until I can see the surgeon. My issues now are, I have no IDEA WHEN I will see him and I am right back at pain square one PRE nerve root block. Is all of this pain due to the disc on my nerve? Does the nerve root block deserve another chance?? What else can I do? When all this started, the pain was so simple. more annoying then anything...and now its beyond explainable.
I should let you know, I stumbled upon this webpage when looking for help via blogs or forums. I really don't have anyone to talk to in the meantime about all this, so I figure I will leave this here and see what I can conjure up.
Had to try,
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