I'm a 22 year old female, who over the course of 7 years has dealt with a number of orthopedic injuires. ACL tear, torn cartilage to knees and hips, sciatica, shoulder dislocations. The list goes on. I'm hypermobile, scoring 8/9 on the Beighton score.
Thankfully, a lot of my injuries have been fixed with surgery and physiotherapy. I'm currently waiting for an operation to sort my shoulder out as well as a minor operation on my wrist to remove a ganglion cyst.
My biggest problem at the moment is my sciatica. It is now constant every day and I'm hardly getting any relief. I'm taking 60mg of codeine when required but this is now up to four times a day! Although it takes the edge off, it doesn't get rid of the pain. My job involves standing on my feet for up to 10 hours a day, which as you can imagine only causes my sciatica to worsen. The pain is so distracting from my job as my whole left leg, from back to toe burns!
Last year I had two sets of steroid injections which worked amazingly, unfortunately due to my age my PM doctor won't do them anymore
I'm so fed up, I've had enough.
I'm thinking about pain all day, every day. It interferes with nearly aspect of daily life. Sometimes I don't feel like people even believe how much pain I'm in. I don't feel like anyone can see it from my point of view.
I'm also taking propranolol 40mg, twice a day for anxiety. My pain makes my anxiety worse because I don't know when the pain is going to hit, it's like I'm scared of it!
Recently, I've felt so low all I want to do is stay at home. I feel like giving up my job and just 'dealing' with it because nothing seems to work. I'm fed up of pills, I'm fed up of pain, I'm fed up of hospital appointments!
My sleeping is terrible, last night I had 2 hours sleep due to my pain. After another 60mg of codeine, trying several sleeping positions and hundreds of tears I finally got to sleep. Just what you need for a 10 hour shift!
I just feel like I'm not coping anymore and it's finally got the better of me. I'm physically and mentally drained. I don't know what to do.
I feel as if I'm going to be wasting my GP's time if I go and see him or he's not going to believe me and then what do I do?
I'm at my wits end and just wish I was free of pain and pills!