Hey there, first time poster here. I found this forum via google.
I hurt my back a year ago, took prednisone, got better. About 3 months ago it started back, severe right leg sciatica, throbbing lower back pain (more towards the right side). Over the past 3 months I had 3 steroid epidurals, a prednisone dose pack prior to that, and was taking darvocet/ibuprophen for pain. None have worked.
I had a MRI done a few weeks ago, it showed spinal stenosis w/ disc protrusions, multiple disc buldges, (Don't have the report there was a lot more but this is what I recall).
My pain doc who was doing the injections sent me to a spinal surgeon. He told me I have a real problem and surgery is really the only option unless I wanted to continue with conservative treatments (Summarized).
I am scheduled to have a PLIF L2-L5 done next week.
Over the past few days since this was scheduled my back has gotten worse, I made the mistake of bathing my dog and he jarred me around trying to escape, like an idiot I tried to put him back in the tub. I wanted to bathe him as I feel useless, I am on FMLA from work and all I do is lay around now.
The only way I am comfortable now is laying in bed with a pillow underneath my knees. Otherwise I can walk about 10 feet before I have the most unbelievable severe pain in my right leg, lower back, and right hip. It literally brings me to tears and I feel like I am going to fall.
I have to go to the hospital for pre-admission, then to my primary for medical clearance, then to my spine surgeons PA for my H+P. I can not drive, not even sit in my car without the pain getting unbarable. I am taking lortab 7.5's (even doubled up what the doctor said) and it does not touch this pain, but does provide relief when I lay down).
I had to cancel pre admision yesterday due to this. I called the spine surgeon and only get the office staff who basically tell me I have to get this done. I asked if it was possible to get admited a day early to have everything done at once, they told me no.
Anyone have a suggestion? I have to try again tomorrow morning for pre admission, a friend is taking me and she has a licoln town car, I hope I can find a position in the seat.
I don't like to consider myself a baby but thats how I feel at this point. The pain is truely unbarable, it literally sends me in a crying rage and I havnt even let it peak yet to my knowledge!
I am 25 years old, male, and a nurse by profession. (I never deal with spine issues and sparingly anything surgical, I'm a medical nurse).
I am sorry for such a long post but it is literally depressing to me. I know most of you have gone through far worse, any advice appreciated. I also have a ton of questions about what to expect after surgery but thats another post.