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I finally broke down and scheduled my surgery. It will be for this Friday. My decision was based on how debilitating the sciatica pain has become for me. My hopes are that I will get some relief. But at the same time I am extremely scared and saddened that I have gotten to this pot in my life and am haveing a very serious surgery.
I’m scared of the long term effects of surgery. I’m worried I will re-herniate the same disc, and I’m stressing that the sciatica will not go away.
I’m 34 years old
Injured back the week of July 1st (doing cross fit)
Dull sciatica pain started 1st week of September.
Full debilitating Sciatica flare ups:
Epidural injection: 11/26
I’ve been on 4x 800 mg ibprophren daily since September and tried Gabapentin from September till the November flare up. It did nothing for the throbbing leg pain. Then during the flare up, I was taken off Gabapentin and given Oxycodone, and Flexoril both 5 mg as needed.
After the injection I slowly started needing the ibuprofen within 3 days. And the pain started to increase more than before. Finally the pain management dr. put me on Lyrica (soooo expensive!). This was on 12/11. 2x 75 mg daily.
Then I began back and leg spasms on 12/15 and the pain has only gotten worse.
Within 5 minutes of walking, sitting, standing:
Foot arch pain
Knee tendon pain
Back pain and stiffness
So at this point, I had been given a choice, do another round of ESI or get a laminectomy. I chose the surgery. But I’m still scared.
Looking for some positive thoughts and stories that will offer me the hope I desperately need.