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About 5 weeks ago I started having sciatic pain in my right leg. It hurt but was definitely manageable, even without pain killers. I could do day to day things with pain, but I would stretch frequently and progressively it would get better.
As of last week, I had barely any pain and I could even bend all the way forward and touch the ground without pain. I took a nap and woke up in more pain than I had originally with the addition of numbing and tingling in my foot. Friday I went to work limping and in pain but made it through. I went to a chiropractor that night and was gently adjusted and even felt a little better. Saturday I woke up in pain but could still limp through the day. Sunday I woke up in extreme pain. I went down the street to a restaurant and every little bump and stop radiated pain from my hip to my foot. I started sobbing once we got there. I spent the rest of the day in a solitary position on my back in tears. No pain relievers worked. Monday got worse and I can't even sit on the toilet without intense pain so I've not really been able to relieve myself. Tuesday was even worse and every little movement hurt. I was driven to the ER sobbing.
The ER got to me and gave me a Norco and what I believe was a steroid injection. 30 minutes later I left with a little weakness in my leg and a limp almost no pain and I could walk in my own. I got a prescription for 20 generic Norco (1 every 4 hours), 30 300mg gabapentin (1 before bedtime) and 4 50mg Prednisone (1 in the morning). I had pain, minimal though, and went to bed happy ready to rest today and go back to work Thursday.
This morning I took my medicine and noticed that while my radiating pain from my hip was gone, there was a tingling in my foot that had slowly turned into a terrible burning sensation that now include painful muscle spasms that radiate from my knee into my foot. I'm also losing sensation in my foot. I can barely walk and am back to a solitary position in bed or flat on the ground with my knees up. That's the only way to avoid debilitating pain.
Here's the kicker, I have no health insurance, therefore no primary care provider or anything. What can I do? I'm in the most pain I've ever been in and I can't even move.