After a fall from my horse last September I had severe sciatic pain and 3 months later had a lumbar fusion with a laminectomy. I was relatively free of pain until a few months ago. The sciatic pain has been getting worse over the past 3 months to the point where I sometimes use a cane to walk. I am 45 years old. My surgeon said spinal injections don't always work. I am worried because I don't want to live like this for the rest of my life. I know compared to others I have it pretty good but I am getting kind of depressed. Part of this may be my own reluctance to take pain meds. I have a prescription for vicodin, percocet, nortryptaline, dilaudid, flexerall, valium, etc. The percocet gives me headaches, the vicodin does nothing for the pain and the dilaudid makes my vision really blurry. I am really pretty averse to taking pain meds in general.
So, what choices do I have? I am really concerned.
Thanks for your feedback.