I need help. I have suffered with sciatica for 10 years. Well that's the diagnosis they labeled me off with. When I finally convinced them to get me an MRI scan, my suspicion was confirmed. I have 2 slipped discs and 2 degenerated discs that have had me bedridden for 32 weeks this year alone (over several episodes). I'm currently on my sixth week of my fifth episode.
I am on so much medication. I take 18 painkiller tablets a day, including codeine, naproxen amtitrptaline, diazepam, tramadol and paracetamol. Sometimes I don’t take them all at the same time. Codeine is for my usual daily pain medication. Tramadol is for flare-ups, as are the steroids they give me in extreme episodes because I'm not supposed to have them with my diabetes).
I have a pulsing massage machine and have had acupuncture. I do daily exercises from my physiotherapist, but I am in so much pain and I am worried that it is start to affect me mentally. When I am falling asleep, which is very rarely, all I do is cry. I feel down and guilty, as I can't be any sort of wife or mother. I even have to send my daughter away during the week to my mom, when the Hubby is at work, since I can't move to feed her, get her ready or drive her too school. I really am at my wits end.
I can't stress enough how painful this disease is and I how much I need some relief. I have had conflicting advice about tens machines and osteopaths. Chiropractors couldn't help me. Is there anyone out there that can give me a light at the end of this long black tunnel?
I've prayed to pass out with the pain even just so I can get a little sleep. The only way it ever gets better is when I have the gas and air that the ambulance guys give me when I have had to be put on morphine because the pain is so bad and I'm pretty sure the local hospital emergency department is sick of me going in every few weeks. I can't take the pain. Someone help. I don't know what to do. Thank you for this website. It's nice to know that I am not alone. - Rebecca