Wow, I just found this site and don't know whether to be encouraged or discouraged by so many other sharing my dilemna. I've had lower back pain before, but this time it's different. It's been going on for three weeks now constantly. Lower back pain with pain shooting down my hips all the way to my feet. Usually it feels as if my legs are being crushed with occassional lightening shooting down my legs. When it started (I just turned wrong when loading the dishwasher) it was so severe and on a weekend, that I went to an urgent care place. They gave me a few oxycodones, some muscle relaxants, and told me to keep moving. (not an easy thing to do with oxycodone) That handled the pain, but when the drugs wore off, the pain was back in full force. I went to my regular physician on a Tuesday. He didn't seem to take me too seriously, though because I was crying he gave me some vicodin and more muscle relaxers and a medrol dosepack thing, and told me he'd call to check on me in a couple of days. I've also had fits of tearfulness that often seem out of proportion to the pain.
Add to this that we are preparing to move 4.5 hours away, requiring long car rides and stress.
My doctor did not call to check on me. In fact, he won't return my emails or my calls. I suppose he thinks I'm a drug seeker. I had hopes that the prednisone was helping after three days, but today I'm back to square one.
Should I find a new doctor here or wait until I'm in my new community? If I go back to urgent care, they will probably just think I'm looking for drugs. What am I looking for.
I'm concerned that my legs are so tingly and that my bowel and bladder habits have been affected. There isn't lack of control, but I'd say urgency and irregularity. Is that loss of control? (sorry to be vulgar)
So here I am. I'm ready to be better and to stop hurting. I'm ready to sleep and not feel like a nuisance to my doctor.