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Severe nerve pain

Annma1274AAnnma1274 Posts: 2
I have been dealing with back pain and numbness and tingling all the way down the back of my left leg and my last two toes are numb for about 3 months now. Despite the pain I was able to work up until the 8th of August. I woke up and could barely walk. On top of the back pain I had excruciating pain in my buttock and upper thigh. I had been doing PT up until that point because I had to ( my insurance wouldn't cover an MRI without it). I also had saw an orthopedic surgeon just two days prior on the 6th of August. He referred me to pain management where they did an MRI and suggested getting injections. So I agreed and got everything set up but he wanted bloodwork done because my primary doctor had me on 4 consecutive packs of steroids, which would work well then wear off. Needless to say my level was a little low so they pushed the injection date back a week. So in a week I will have an injection and hopefully be able to return to work. I have only been at my job for 6 months and am not getting paid while I am out. I have never been in this' much pain in my life. I have been reduced to walking with a cane and using a shower chair because I can't stand longer than a minute without having excruciating pain in the back of my leg and butt. I was wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms and did an injection help the leg pain. Nothing is helping this pain it is like right at the top of my thigh and right below my butt. I've tried massage, ice, heat, muscle relaxers, pain meds, and nothing has helped the second I go to stand it sets off this pain.

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  • ADRJenAADRJen Posts: 211
    edited 08/20/2015 - 2:16 AM
    Yes, I have the exact same symptoms. I've never had pain like this and I've been dealing with back problems for 20 years. I've even borrowed my mother in law's wheelchair and walker which she doesn't need right now. I'm waiting on a call to schedule my injection. You can read my story in the Chronic Pain section under the post titled "Please cut off my leg".
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
  • Annma1274AAnnma1274 Posts: 2
    edited 08/20/2015 - 5:15 PM
    I am so tired of being in this much pain. The majority of it is in my butt like I'm sitting on a rock. I have a hard time walking because right underneath my butt starts to hurt and I get a burning feeling. I feel like my hip is locked and can only move forward a little bit. I just need some relief so I can get back to work I'm a single mom and being off these last two weeks and possibly another week, is killing me financially. I am going to take a look at your post. Thanks again!
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