Hello, my name is Rachael I’m 36 and I’ve suffered from chronic sciatica for almost 10yrs now. We think it’s due to a car accident at 19yrs old and pregnancy. Over the past year Iv e had a series of injections…4lumbar, si joint, nerve blocker, racet injection and rhizotomy, some worked better than others but not any longer than a couple weeks. Also, my emg says radiculopothy at l4 l5 and s1 but I have no significant bulging or herniated disc. I do show arthritis as well as facet arthropathy. The last lumbar epidural seems to lasting and gave me more relief than any others. So I’d say my pain decreased about 50% and it’s been about 2months now. The pinching around my si joint area is better too. I have pain in my whole lose back and numbness, I have groin, hip, buttocks, thigh, calf, knee and foot pain. I have numbness and needles in my foot and thigh on a daily basis. Also I’ve seem 3 neurosurgeons who say I have nerve damage and there isn t anything the can due surgically so back to pain management I go. In my experience it won t be long before all the pain comes back. My pain management doc wants me to get another emg (8 months ago emg showed moderate radiculopothy l4, l5, s1) my question is…will my new emg (scheduled next week) still show radiculopothy even though I just had lumbar epidural 2 months and pain not back completely? I guess I’m asking..does lumbar epidural sure radiculopothy not caused but disc issue or does epidural just mask the pain? Thank you and sorry, I tried to make as much sense as possible. My doctor is being gauge and my guess is waiting for new emg, but could it have drastically changed in 8 months?
This is awful,and you need to understand that it’s not you. My belief from what you described is there is real damage to you cord, muscles, and nerves at the location. I personally went in for a C4-5 bone graft, and was woke with a C4,5,6,7 cage installation, 2 different neck cuts to access the site, and in pain as if the surgery was still being 4th day of refusing to leave,unable too. On 5th day I was able to stand and walk loaded with alot of IV pain discharged me that evening, 9 days later I barely made it in for visit,4 weeks later i found myself being dismissed when unable to walk, speak, lose control of my urine. In short it was the beginning of nothing else I can do, to i won’t see you again, and had me removed using the police. This was back in Dec3,2013, now I’ve got narrowing of the spinal cord at every level of the c2,3,4,7, now same at the L1,2,3,4,and S1. Since this I’ve been provoked to no pain meds, always u need pain pump,i injections, and suffering until insane. If I had the chance to go back in time, I’d went to assisted living where they had to manage the pain, and rest until I got better. In short I went to Florida, done nothing but rest for 7 months before I got to this point of variable pain. They are slow killing is, and don’t care what you go through as they dont even remember you doctor visits. It was hard to except. My point is, Everytime I listen to them instead of my body, I was just a pitiful mess. You need to get with the best spine people and pray they can fix it, but don’t worry about getting back to normal or even the simplistic things as it will take you back to hell and it takes longer Everytime you have flare it up. I laid like a vegetable for 18 months before I figured it out. Now I’m in bad shape and they are offering only injections, I’m thinking really hard, shame they are not made to get you better. This is what’s going on with society today, they’ll have to answer one day. But you make sure your not stubborn like I was and demand treatment it takes and the proper care. I’m praying for you, and I hope we get this country on the right track again as well as the compassion for others comes back