What can I expect from this injury?
Wow, did I do myself in. I have a degenerated disc and a badly pinched sciatic nerve. An MRI shows no fluid around or under the disc and the nerve is compressed by the bone
I was lifting a heavy flower pot into the car and the rain started and the wind hit the car door which caught my left sleeve and I wound up catching the pot with my knees and my right arm. When I stood up I heard and felt the pop. The pain started the next day and has been with me since then. I will never forget October 13.
My family doctor started me on pain killers and made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who specializes in pain management. I HAD TO WAIT MORE THAN A MONTH!!! I spent all my time with my leg in a 5 gallon bucket of ice water to numb the nerve. Just before my appointment I got in real trouble and wound up in the emergency room where they upped the ante on the pain meds until my appointment. Poor DH got only a frozen Pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. I got Oxycodone and enough steroids to let me sleep for more than 2 hours the first time since the injury. I had been waking up screaming after two hours of sleep and getting maybe 4 hours total in 24 the whole month. It scared DH but it scared the cat more. She doesn't sleep with me any more. I had a Transforminal block with the possibility of two more if the first didn't take. The doctor prescribed more steroids and vicodin and a new drug called Lyrica which is for neuralgia. The block didn't get all of the pain so the Lyrica dose was upped. I was disappointed the doctor gave me a prescription for enough hydrocodone to last a month. That doesn't sound like this is going away any time soon. I will be getting another Transforminal block shortly. At least I don't need the bucket of ice water any more but I can't take more than a step or two without crutches. I have lost 3 months of my life, DH and I are sick and tired of carryout food, my house and yard are disasters my budget no longer exists. What more can I expect? Is there any thing else I could be doing? An acquaintance told me she was out of work for 9 months! Any info would be appreciated. Thanks Sandy