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I'm kind of stumped about what to do next. Please help!
I'm a 35 year old man suffering from sciatica, and wondering if anyone has any thoughts on my treatment so far, as everything has been going negatively for past few months.
So long story short about six months ago I broke a toe and had to wear a boot for a month. Wearing this boot has led to pain in my back. I also lifted something heavy and the pain became worse, and started feeling sciatica in my upper right leg and buttocks which wouldn't go away for several months.
About 3 months ago I had an MRI that confirmed an L4/L5 bulge on the right and L5/S1 bulge on the left (although no symptoms on the left).
Spent a few weeks on Naproxen, which helped a lot, but were killing my stomach.
Had steroid injection in the L4/L5 bulge, after which I felt like a new man. Stopped taking the anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
A few days after the injections my first son was born - life is great.
....But 3 weeks later (this is now 6 weeks ago) I woke up and couldn't get out of bed. I have a permanent hunch forward, and can't extend my back at all - can't do any Mckinsey exercises at all.
A few days later I had a SPECT/CT scan that showed some irritation on my SI joint - had injections there which helped a bit but not a huge a amount.
In my commitment to get better for my son, I signed up for everything, including Chiropractor, Physio, Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy, spent a small fortune on gadgets and cushions on Amazon....but sadly no real improvements over this time.
I went to another Orthopaedic surgeon for a second opinion, and he basically said I should go for microdisectomy without even seeing a recent MRI.
On his advice I did have a new MRI which actually showed the disc bulges are getting better though it also identified Trochanteric Bursitis (inflamed hips). Sadly the symptoms are getting worse....
I was also referred to see a pain management doctor, who diagnosed me as being hypermobile and he felt that there is more than just the discs at play here. He believes my glutes, back muscles and hip muscles are "struggling" and that he felt I was overdoing things. At this stage the pain is getting worse and worse, and I feel like the more "rehab" I do the more it hurts.
Yesterday I had steroid injections in my hips, which have been very helpful in that now I can sleep on my side again. I also had a Ketamine injection which was the weirdest trip in my life - it's supposed to "reset" your nervous system as after so much pain for so long you become "hyper sensitive" to pain (your body believes that everything is painful even when it isn't).
Anyways, this is where I find myself. 3 months since seeing my Orthopaedic Surgeon and not feeling much better (can't sit for too long, can't stand for too long without hunching forward and sharp pain in my right calf, lying down causes sharp pain), taking a ton of strong medication (Targinact, Diazepam, Etoricoxib, Amitriptyline).
Does anyone have any advice for me?