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Hi From NJ: My Story..Looking for Thoughts
Hi My name is Angela. I am 37 and living in NJ with husband and 12 year old son. I am glad I found this site with lots of valuable information but especially this forum since I really could use the support.
My back issues started in 2002 and at that time I went for PM and got three epidurals that worked for about a year. Then after a move to CT and a new job, the pain started coming back. So I tried Chiro. It worked for quite awhile (about a year) and then got real bad real fast. New MRI indicated a herniation at L5/S1 and surgery was thought to be best option. Had a laminectomy in 12/05. Recovery was good PT, etc and I did really well with occasional sciatica up until this past December 07. Went to non-surgical back specialist and had another MRI which indicated scar tissue (which my surgeon had already told me was the reason I had occassional sciatica over the previous two years since the surgery) and a re-herniation in the same area! So, the new guy suggested a series of 3 epis and PT. Worked well enough but still needed naprosyn occas. and he also had me taking tizandine to relax the muscles around the herniated. I was okay up until June when I started with achy back (which as an aside I didn't have in the past.was always just sciatica) off and on. Then about a month ago (late July) I could barely bend over..and two weeks ago I had such bad pain in my back and buttocks I kept waking up all night and started taking pain meds. Went to Dr. and saw a partner in the office (after having to take off work due to pain) and he gave me a shot in the butt. It didn't do a thing and called my regular guy who scheduled me for an epi. I had two (one at L5 and one at S1) on Friday August 29th with minimal relief..but it worked really well in the butt area and my back pain is gone but now my sciatcia is back. Then this Friday I work up with searing pains in my calf and aches in the top of my legs and butt. Took Oxy and finally after an hour fell asleep on the floor (too much pain in the bed). In the morning I started taking my husband's darvocet (since my pain med is all gone..never got a new script since I didn't need it)..every four hours with Tizandine and naprosyn twice a day and getting barely any relief. I am laying on the floor mostly. Having horrible tingling and numbness in foot and calf when I sit..etc. etc. etc.
Sorry this is so long but I know all of you will understand because no one else in my life (although supportive) really does! I am so scared that I have to get surgery again and the impact on my work and my life that this back problem is causing me. I am seeing the non-surgical back specialist again tomorrow and want to come super prepared with questions..etc. about what to do next. Any thoughts from all of you would be greatly appreciated?