OH yeah--I've had a MRI done. Actually I know exactly what's wrong with me and what's causing the sciatica but you have to jump through all the hoops before you get the actual cure (not that I'm crazy about the cure--because it will involve surgery.
At the L1-S5 connection of vertebrae (which happens to be where the sciatic never parts company with the spinal cord and should simply exit through a circular appurature (sorry--I can no longer spell because I take gabapentin which makes me incredibly stupid) opening. Because my vertebrae are kind of squahed there and have slipped a little sideway instead of being totally vertical that appurature is oval and the sciatic nerve rubs on the inside of the hole--and has also caused the outside edge of one of the discs to be skinned--also causes pain.
But I have jumped through the hoops now and have an appointment with one of the orthopedic surgeons next week to see if I'm a candidate for surgery.
Stay tuned for the next chapter of Aunty Bug and the sciatic PIA.
Man, I don't envy you your back issues TN--I'm within spitting distance of 80 until now have not had any back issues. I've got a lot more sympathy for all the friends of mine who have had all kinds of issues with their back over the years.
Getting up is a big problem for me--often in the morning my sciatic nerve is screaming at me because at some point in the night I tried to turn over onto my left side (I have not been able to sleep on my left side in almost three months) That wakes me up and I try to find a position that will stop the pain so I can either get up or go back to sleep. Generally nothing works...and I have been a really restless sleeper most of my life--turn over a million times a night--used to wake my husband up and he'd be wanting to know what the hell I was trying to do--that then woke me up and I had no idea what he was talking about.
And yeah, I've found that if I do a fair amount of walking during the day (even though that give me a kind of constant pain in my left leg while I'm walking) it makes it less painful at night.
I'm very tired of the whole thing and my yard and the various planted beds are a mess because I can't bend over and pull weeds--I'm still carting around one of those stupid looking pick up tools otherwise everything I drop on the floor stays there (Toad will remove anything that's edible and the cats will sometimes play with something I dropped and then loose in in a corner
I say--BAH and HUMBUG--and I've got a puppy coming over for help with ears so gotta' go.
I don't like to talk about my health issues, but it's ironic; all of mine mostly stem from things I did when I was younger when I was trying my best to be in shape. I used to run, and I mean run a lot. Every day, 5 miles after work, in under 30 minutes, and my friend and I would run 8-10 miles on the weekend days. I kept this up all the way into my early 40s, when I suddenly started having sharp pain in my right knee...got an MRI and yep, torn medial meniscus. When the docs went in to cut most of it away, they saw I already had arthritis; a 3 on a scale from 1-5 with 5 being the worst. The doc told me I would be a candidate for knee replacement surgery sooner or later and the time is coming; the knee hurts, swells up, locks up from time to time and I can feel it popping at times when I walk. I have tendinitis in both elbows/forearms, a bad right shoulder, and a bad lower back - all from the weight lifting I used to do, the constant repetitive movements with heavy weights. So there's a lot to be said about being a couch potato LOL. Yeah I was in terrific shape back then and looked good in a tank top but that doesn't do me any good now, does it
So knee replacement, possible rotator cuff surgery, and Lord only knows what's going on with the lower back. The tendinitis I can deal with, I just have to be careful not to do repetitive movements like say, fishing, or throwing the ball too long for Mocha.
I sure hope they can do something for you, I think a bad back is the worst because as you know, you're pretty much done. With other issues, you can sort of get around it but when the back goes, you can't lay down, walk, shower, get dressed, go up or down stairs, and if you do manage to sit down, it takes a LONG time to get back up. So here's hoping you get some good news from your doc!
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