am so glad I found a site that is based entirely on advice and not trying to sell me some useless product at a ridiculous price! That being said I have a bunch of questions.
I am a 24 year old stay at home mom, I have an 18-month-old daughter. I have been suffering from back pain since March of ‘08! It started out in the center of my lower back. My doctor sent me to PT and towards the end of PT the pain had disappeared from my back and progressed into my left leg. After PT the pain got worse, so my doctor sent me back for another round of PT. I got some relief but nothing substantial. After I was finished with the second round of PT I begged to be seen by a chiropractor, (my doc doesn’t believe in them) but I had dealt w/ sciatica before and the first tim the chiro seemed to help quite a bit. I’ve been seeing the chiropractor for about 2 weeks now but the pain and symptoms have progressed even more! I have pain all the way down into my ankle, all the time, and the back of my thigh and whole left side and bottom of my left foot are numb. I’m at my wits end. I cannot sleep, I cry almost every night out of frustration and sleep withdrawal. I’m taking Toradol, Medrol and Soma, but they only offer minor relief and let me get 2-3 hours of sleep at a time. As soon as I lay down the pain is there and no matter what I do I can’t get comfortable, the only relief I can get is when I'm standing, and even that's not much.
It has just been recommended to me by my aunt and by my pharmacist to take a super B-complex, they both said it works great but I’ve been taking that for 2 days now and I don’t notice much of a change yet. Does anyone know if this works or not???
Now I said all of that to ask, what can I do? I’m supposed to be going in for an MRI sometime this week, and I have a couple of chiropractor appointments as well. The thought of open back surgery scares me to death b/c all I hear about it is that it doesn’t really work, and that it can leave you worse off than before the surgery. I’ve found a procedure called micro endoscopic discectomy (non-traumatic disc surgery) , which is supposed to work better than open back surgery, do you know if this is effective? I would LOVE any advice I can get, for immediate and long-term results, right now I would kill to sleep thru the night.
I look forward to hearing from someone, I hope you can help me.