Monday, November 7, 2011

DRUGS OR THE NEEDLE

I chose the needle.  The option to deal with the pain gone wild through my lower back, down and round my leg causing  one or a number of simultaneous combinations of:   numbness, tingling, pins and needles and shooting, searing pain.  

For nearly 2 weeks I have been drugged with little or no effect.  The muscle relaxer I was told to take only at night because it caused drowsiness did not cause drowsiness, nor did it relax my muscles.  If my dose of Vicodin is what "Dr. House" takes I can understand why he pops them so frequently because it did nothing to dull my pain. The fact that I could get high dosage Advil for a 5 buck co-pay was a good buy, though.

I rested 5 days, went to work for 3 and was back to bed for 4 more days.  The nest step was prednisone but the side-effects freaked me out and it would take days for it to knock down the pain.  The other option was the epidural cortisone injection. 

One shot, back to work the next day.  Not healed - I will still have to be careful and rest and do my back exercises.  If this whole drama doesn't get me back to the gym regularly, nothing ever will.

7 comments:

Cammy@TippyToeDiet said...

I hope you're pain-free very soon, Susan!

smalltownme said...

Good news -- I'm glad something worked!

writingtowellness said...

Glad you tried something directed at the nerve(s). Back pain can really ruin your entire outlook on life. Hoping this holds out so the pain-spasm-pain cycle gets stopped.

Karen@WaistingTime said...

Ouch!

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

I am so glad that it worked! Here's hoping you're feeling 100% better soon.

Nan said...

Glad something worked.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds terrible. I hope you recover soon.

Have you thought about chiropractic? I was a serious skeptic until I was in so much pain I could barely function. It changed my life.