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No idea what to do - Severe Pain

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.

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  • Sorry to hear that. Have you had any imaging like ct scan or MRI of your back to find what's causing sciatic pain? Sometimes the E.R.doc will order a ct scan; that's a big help when you don't have insurance. Look into them writing off your bill and referral to county healthcare. It's not the best in this situation but you could get meds through them and possibly see a specialist in network. I guess Obamacare is still around for the time being and worth checking in to. You certainly need a diagnosis..very important. Try ice, heat pad, massage, pain cream with lidocaine to supplement the meds you do have. I hope things work out for you and you feel less pain soon. 

    Ol' Spiney..Micro-D L4-L5, TLIF L4-S1 -post op central HNP L4-S1,stenosis, retrolisthesis, EF, facet arthropathy, lumbar& cervical DDD. FBSS- Medtronic pain pump & SCS
  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,062

    Hello arghylette
    Welcome to Spine-Health

    I totally agree with Meydey! And it is very important that you get a diagnosis. Don't give up because you don't have insurance, there are a lot of people in the same situation.  I would go with Meydey's suggestions, it never hurts to ask.
    With burning pain like you have, it does sound like sciatica. Below are a couple of articles you can read that may help you.
    Coping with Chronic Sciatica

    Sciatica Treatment

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