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Intense Sciatic Pain Post-Epidural

cynthia2ccynthia2 Posts: 1
Hi! I am a new member to this community. It is providing great insight on sciatica and back pain issues. I want to throw this out there as I haven't found much about what has been happening to me. Okay, I'm 33 and in general fit and healthy. I started with lower back spams in late November '14 and due to not getting PT early enough and doing field work for 2 months, I herniated my L5/S1 in late April (I think). I've been getting PT from June- present and saw an Orthopedist and got an epidural cortisone shot a week ago. All seemed to go well and my pain was really relieved for about 4 days. Then it felt like I "tweaked" my back again and by the 4th day evening I am in such intense pain that I cannot sleep or lay down. I made a pointed effort to take it easy post-shot and there wasn't any more injury.

Basically I'm worried; I was in annoying but bearable pain before the epidural and now it is so intense that I am really non-functional. The main problem is that I can't lay down at all; I can only really sit; which is making sleeping really hard. I am supposed to go into the field in two weeks, waling ~10-miles a day and camping 6 nights/week and I am really worried that this wont pass in time. If anyone has had this reaction to an epidural and can give me some warning of what comes next, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

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