I've been holding off on posting, since I wasn't sure where this is going, but it doesn't seem great.
I've been dealing with back pain for more than 1.5 years nonstop, and in hind sight, for longer than that. Had a MicroD in May which helped quite a bit, but still dealing with foot pain/numbness and scar tissue issues around nerve root. But compared to presurgery, this is tolerable.
During my recovery, my wonderful wife has picked up the slack, doing double duty in so many ways.
So last week my wife complained of abdominal and hip pain and went to see her chiropractor to adjust her back ... similar to some pain she has had in the past, but this time his treatments didn't help much. She was in enough pain to be crying (not typical for her) and she saw her GP who prescribed muscle relaxants and anti-inflamatories for back pain. Based on the symptoms (pain in back, wrapping around hips and down front of legs), it is different from the sciatica that I have, but chillingly similar. I really don't want her going through what I have experienced, so this really has me worried.
I suggested she try to see the doc I have been seeing, but that office will not allow spouses to see the same doctor. So they want her to see someone else.
We are traveling (starting Friday) for 3 weeks, with four airline flights (actually 6 if you count a couple short hops)... so this is bad timing. I hope she doesn't injure herself more during the trip. Since our folks are getting older, we had scheduled a family obligation trip a while back.
I had hoped she could at least get a more definitive diagnosis before we head out, but she can't get an appointment until we return, given the short notice.
I guess this isn't one of those posts seeking a concrete answer ... just venting. Since this flareup, she's had some horrible days and some not so bad. Not surprising. Today she is in bad shape, and as a guy, my natural reaction is to try to brainstorm solutions, things that will help. But I'm feeling pretty powerless right now. There isn't anything I can do to fix the situation for her. I've heard of sympathy pains, but this is taking things a little too far.