My PCP who recommended I do the VAX-D is now suggesting I'm not benefitting from it and should be referred to a Neuro-Surgeon. I've listened carefully to everyone's warnings and insight to my treatment of choice which was VAX-D. For the first 6 sessions I really was doing well....My pain level was down quite a bit....and I was almost
walking normally again. I still had quite a bit of pain in my butt, but I was told that too would go away....
I guess I should tell you I have a ruptured disk at L5 that is pinching the root of the S1 nerve and that's where all my pain is. Right leg, butt and ankle.
On Saturday night, I sneezed 3 times in succession.....I thought my top was going to blow. It sent pain from my butt to my big toe, and it didn't just go away....I cried for and hour and a half. Every bit of progress that I had made, went back to square one....I'm so depressed. I went in for treatment today, and the therapists were "not comfortable" putting me on the table in that much pain...so they had me see the doctor. He prescribe Elavil on top of several other meds I'm alrealdy taking,....Percocet 10/325, Valium 10mg (1/2 at bedtime for sleep along with Ambien for sleep). Said the Elavil is used as a pain mgmt med, although for years it was prescribed as an anti-depressant. I'M JUST SO LOST RIGHT NOW. If I could find a direction, I think I would be able to "chin up" and move on. Right now I'm tired and don't know if I'm coming or going. Have any of you experienced any of this.
I have been searching for a Neuro-Surgeon who specializes in the Spine...and think we have found one. I guess I need help on what my next options should be...I'm leaning toward steriod injections, as my next move....I hurt too much right now to EVEN
consider PT.....My hubby and I have talked and I am giving one more week of VAX-D treatment,....and if no significan changes, then it's time to move on to a neuro-surgeon and try some other options.
What are some good starting points.....I found two Spinal Clinics in my state. I'd rather do the steriod injections, than trigger point shots. Can some one tell me what the difference is between the two???? Yesterday was 10 weeks exactly of Round the clock pain, 24/7....I'm so frustrated, It's starting to get to me in every way possible....I wouldn't say I'm clinically depressed, but I'm certainly more "emotional" than usual. I feel so helpless, and I want to take care of my husband the way he takes care of me....cooking, cleaning, ironing, etc.....it all makes me feel so "little"....
I've tried to keep a Positive attitude thru all of this...but sometimes as you know, when the pain creeps in....it's rough.....
Now I'm just rambling. I'm sorry. I just want to hear someone say they understand, they've been there. I'm scared....And I want to feel better.
Any thoughts, well wishes or scoldings will be welcomed!
I just need an ear or two right now. Thanks for listening and thanks in advance for responding.
Here's to hoping that one day soon we will all have some pain free days!