I'm a newbie to this forum so please bear with me. I really need some advice. I know my GP is the most informative source and I am seeing him regularly but I strongly believe that the greatest source of information are others that have gone through the same problem as I am currently experiencing.
I got diagnosed with Sciatica 6 weeks ago. I was on holiday and stepping into a hot tub and I slipped and jolted my back. I prayed that I hadn't caused any damage but low and behold when I woke up the next day I was in agony.
I left it for a few days and went back to work as I thought if I got on with things and distracted myself from the pain it would go away. How wrong was I! !
At this point the pain was at the very bottom of the left side of my back. I had no leg pain.
After being back at work for a couple of days (I'm a community nurse so I'm in and out of my car all day and bending up and down constantly) I went to my GP and he did a few checks. Tested my reflexes, checked my leg strength and sensations. He then diagnosed me with Sciatica. Signed me off work for 2 weeks and prescribed me codeine and naproxen.
Since then I've been signed off for another 4 weeks. Seen the physio once who gave me some excersises to do at home. The pain changed after a week or so and as well as it being in my lower back it ran down my leg but never past my knee. The pain was only in my upper leg.
Since my first visit to the GP I am now on naproxen, zapain, codeine, amitriptyline and diazapam at night if the pain is unbearable. I have only took the diazapam once. Sedatives scare me a lot.
As of now the pain has improved 80% when I'm walking or laying down I have zero pain. When I'm sitting and getting up and down I still get the same pain but it's a lot less intense. Also, I drove yesterday for the first time in 2 weeks and I have the same pain today but less intense when I was first diagnosed. It seems that driving and sitting aggravates the nerve.
Now that I've wrote the longest page of useless information I will get to my point lol.
My manager has been fantastic and so supportive and understanding. She regularly rings me to see how I am. She's been to see me twice and bought me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and keeps telling me to not stress about coming back and to concentrate on getting better.
So that's not my concern. My question is. Should I go back to work or is it likely to make the pain worse?
I'm itching to get back to work. I've got a doctor's appointment tomorrow but was looking for some advice from you lovely people. Should i go back to work or not?
Like I said earlier, I still have the nagging pain but it's a lot less intense. I was just looking for some advice as ive never really suffered with back pain before so I don't know the ins and outs.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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- When did this first start?
. Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
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. Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
. Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
. Physical Therapy
. Ultrasound / Tens unit
. Spinal Injections
. Massage Therapy
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. Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
. How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
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. Name of Medication
. How long have you been using this?
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