Hi I'm new to this sight. I'v had lower back pain and left leg sciatica since mid february. I kept working with pain relief (not much help) for about 10 days as was worried about going off sick (wish I'd gone off sick earlier now :-( ), I'm a surgical nurse so not really a back friendly job.
Due to excruciating sciatic pain I've been off work since 22 Feb - I'm still off :-(. I have constant pain! Even with 150mg Pregabalin twice a day, Naproxen 500mg twice a day, co-codamol 8/500 three times a day (trying to cut down as get bad constipation with them). I don't feel like I'm improving at all. Was seeing physio but everytime he'd tell me to do more e.g. he said to go swimming - made it worse was laid up in bed for 4 days with excruciating pain- even with pain relief. Next physio session ( they were fortnightly) he said to start walking my dog again, took her for a walk on 3 occasions and ended laid up in bed again for about 6 days! All the bones in my sacrum & coccyx felt bruised too. Went back to physio and explained when seem to do more activities other than minimal around the house I'm set back for days, so he said there's nothing more he can do for me! Some days i can't even put leggings on. I can't even dry my legs below my knees because of the pain. I can only lie on my right side - now giving me pain in my right hip & shoulder. I can't sit due to the sciatica. If drive sometimes have to pull over because of the pain. Getting out the car is horrendous as the sciatica prevents me from walking for a minute or so. It's embarrassing. I cant even walk for long as the pain returns. I'm at my wits end. Feeling depressed and frustrated and cry mosy days with pain and fear of the future.
I thought I'd be better now. I used to work full time, be a single mum to 2 teenagers and go the gym 3-4 times a week and or swim. Now I'm a recluse in constant pain and have gained over a stone in weight (now on pregabalin- side effect is weight gain! So will probably gain more :-( ) I've been referred to a Neurosurgeon for their opinion. I don't want surgery if can help it, but i can't live like this any longer either.
Anyone experience similar and get better without surgery?? I just want to wake up one morning - after being able to actually sleep pain free!- and it be gone! Like it never happened.