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This is my first post but I have found the resources and people on this forum invaluable. Let me start from the beginning.
I will admit I have not treated my body like a temple. I am overweight, I don’t work out, I have a sedentary job, I played contact sports longer than I should. I am a prime candidate for this agony and will make no excuses. I have to lose weight no doubt and I have to be more active. This pain is the kick in the ass I needed and I never want to experience it again. The beginning happened in August. I was helping my father carry a dishwasher out of the house and I fell down 4 cement stairs onto the nice soft concrete sidewalk. I immediately knew something was wrong. The twinge that I often had in my back immeditely evolved into a pain that went into my calf. Intolerable but could be treated with NSAIDs. It was on and off really bad for weeks until......at thanksgiving I fell down the stair so at my cousins house. This time wooden stairs on to a nice soft concrete basement floor. That kicked the spurs of my sciatica into overdrive. It has been downhill ever since. I went to my pcp and he prescribed naproxen. That helped for a bit. I thought I would get out of this ok..nay nay. I was walking a bit doing mild physio to help with the pain. Then the oddest thing set me down the path I am now. I had Jury Duty which as benign as that sounds sitting on hard plastic unergonomic chairs for 8 hours a day for three days really hurt me. The physio wasn’t helping and the naproxen wasn’t helping. Only laying down prone or on my back gave me relief. Sitting and standing for more than a minute was agony some days. Some days it was only just tolerable. Until we got 3 snow storms here in ny. My father is a recovering hernited disc surgery patient so it’s I shovel or he does. So I shovelled. The last storm was heavy wet snow. And that was it. The hammer was down on the nerve and wouldn’t let go. A week of lying prone or on my back. Complete and total agony standing or sitting.
Yesterday I went to my pcp it was torture. I had to lay in the backseat of the car to get there. And when I got into the waiting room after 5 minutes I had to lay on the floor. I think I was at the worst I have been in 7 months yesterday. Getting up from the floor I might have done more damage or just pulled a muscle. I’m hoping the latter. My dr gave me cyclobenzaprine, ibuprofen, and prednisone. I woke up today and I think I feel marginally better. Everything feels different. The sharp agonizing pain in my leg is there but it’s better than it was the day before. But the new pain feels like sore weakness in my lower back and soreness and what i guess is weakness in my leg. But I can stand a bit longer and sit a bit longer. I also have what feels like cramping behind my knee and calf. It’s all kinda different now. Idk if this is healing or if this means its getting worse. I still have 4 days of steroids left so it’s still early. I was wondering if anyone was or is in a similar boat. I hope this is my first and last post.
Good luck and relief to anyone who has this pain or worse.