It has been quite awhile since I last wrote an update about my husband. Steve is 57 and has had several back surgeries over the past 5 years. The most serious one was a 3 level lumbar fusion in January of 2008. He now has degeneration in his neck that the specialist says at some point will also need to be fused.
The problem at the moment is that he has been unable to sit, sleep or stand for any length of time for almost a week due to depilitating nerve pain in his right hip and leg. In order to try to alleviate some of his hip pain he has tried shifting his weight which in turn has made his lower back hurt. I called the dr. last Friday and they called in a predisone pack for him to take to help with the nerve pain. I called them back this morning to see if he could get in since his pain level is staying around an 8 and his ability to move is getting more diminished. He is unable to get in until Thursday afternoon. He is on muscle relaxer and pain medication but nothing is helping. He is using an ice pack on his hip that helps only a bit. I am so concerned about him, that I recommended we just go to the ER and see if they can do something for him to make him more comfortable. The lack of sleep and his high pain level is taking it's toll on him.
I would appreciate any feedback as to what anyone might recommend.