Treating Sciatic Nerve Pain

I found myself inside a circumstance where I couldn’t lie down with no crying out.  I couldn’t sit with no gasping.  Those straightforward movements developed knife stabs of pain that shot down my decrease back, through my right thigh and into my ankle.  Driving?  Ha.  Coughing and sneezing, as a side advantage, also sent electric shocks of pain down my spine and into my leg.  And sitting on the toilet was no picnic.  Bed rest?  The only comfortable position was standing up.  I couldn’t lie down for extremely extended – and absolutely not on a bed.  Some thing about a mattress that your body can sink into really triggers the discomfort.  A wood floor was comfortable to get a tiny whilst . . .  right up until the numbness set in.

Welcome for the globe of herniated reduce back discs and continuous, throbbing sciatic nerve pain.  Throbbing is fine.  That is what happens when I stood.  I could take the constant dull ache.  Bending, sitting, lying down, reaching, twisting, looking to place on socks . . . which is when the unbearable discomfort sat up and screamed hello.  But only to get a moment.  We humans are rapid to prevent that kind of discomfort, and I abruptly would move and shift and contort till the pain went away – after which I would make an effort to hold that position for provided that achievable.  Anything to make it stop.  My life became all about generating it stop.

And, as an added bonus, I also had Piriformis Syndrome, that is a when a band-like muscle located in the glutes near the leading of the hip joint locks up.  To not be concerned, it is only critical if you prefer to stroll or sustain your balance.  Or move your legs at all.  The two of these combined is apparently a deal killer.

My subsequent greatest buddy was a challenging wood floor.  Lying on my back, on a tough wood floor, was a discomfort cost-free event.  Appropriate up till I began going numb.  Making use of a pillow to prop up my head didn’t work – that triggered the nerve discomfort.  However, I could lay stretched out, or, much better however, with my legs hooked over a couple of pillows or an ottoman.  I have no concept why these positions didn’t hurt, but they were welcome moments of “tolerable.”  And at this point tolerable and pleasurable were precisely the same damn thing in my mind.

Following two weeks of this, I officially reached my tolerance level.  It takes a whole lot to obtain me really frustrated.  In my younger years, I had experiences watching my grandparents die proper ahead of my eyes.  These moments changed my life.  From about the time I was 16, I understood that our seemingly endless time on this planet will go by in a blink.  It won’t be extended prior to it is us on that death bed, sobbing regarding the things we regretted not carrying out.

Lengthy story short, the physician asked exactly where it hurt, took x-rays, and mentioned my spine looked fine.  We talked just a little about drugs, and she whipped out the prescription pad and started writing out dosages for Hydrocodon and Tramadol, which essentially dull the brain into a mild blissful state – so you don’t really care that you’re hurting.  They are opiate primarily based narcotics, with Hydrocodon getting stronger (and more addictive) than Tramadol.  I’d in no way taken them before, but at this point I was prepared to attempt anything.  In addition to these gems, she also gave me Gabapentin, which dulls nerve discomfort.  She stated to take these with meals.

After leaving the doctor, we went straight towards the pharmacy to have these prescriptions filled, and then straight to the initial meals joint we could locate, which was a Wendy’s drive through.  Now, I never eat quick meals.  I consider it’s poison.  But within this case I was willing to create an exception.  It was the best damn cheeseburger I’ve ever eaten, although it most likely had far more to accomplish using the hope I had gained in popping a Hydrocodon and a Gabapentin as well as salty, fatty beef patty.  Note, for all those of you venturing into the globe of these drugs, the doctor stated it was fine taking these two with each other, but to not take Tramadol and Gabapentin together.

The following two weeks of my life was all concerning the drugs.  They had been each much better than I thought and not as excellent as I thought.  Although at this point I would have eaten marijuana brownies, taken LSD, and in some cases popped a number of tabs of ecstasy if it would have helped.

So – did the prescription drugs support?

Yes.  The very first night I took the a single Hydrocodon and the one Gabapentin as well as the cheeseburger.

I’d take a couple of Tramadol throughout the day (50 MG each six hours) then at night load up on my 2 doses of Hydrocodon (it mentioned 5-325 on the bottle) and Gabapentin (one hundred MG).  This got me about 4 to 5 strong hours of sleep.  When I woke up, I’d must choose whether or not to take one particular a lot more of each and every, or simply energy through it.  If I took a single a lot more of each, I was able to sleep an additional two to three hours.  If I didn’t, I would lay in bed (feet hooked more than the bean bag) and watch HBO GO on my iPad.

Why did I at some point quit together with the drugs?

As an afterthought, I remembered the medical professional had also provided me a prescription to a spine and rehab center.  Like a moron, I decided to hold off on this to see when the narcotics would assist me sleep far better, therefore rising the rate of healing.  Although I was lastly sleeping, which was assisting my sanity, I was physically not improving a lot.  I had been seeing my chiropractor twice a week, and that dropped the discomfort down from a ten to an eight.  But even with all the narcotics it wasn’t dropping previous an 8.  At this point I had some decisions to create.  I had a heavy travel schedule coming up exactly where I would have plenty of meetings and I would be providing presentations to reside audiences filled with numerous folks.  The meetings and speaking didn’t bother me – I could do these in my sleep.  What scared the shit out of me was 1) sitting on an airplane for 3 hours and two) spending the evening inside a hotel space (I had accumulated a lot of bean bags, massive pillows, foam rollers etc. to assist get me by means of the night).  At some point I realized I merely couldn’t subject myself to a combination of recognized and unknown pain.  I canceled the initial trip – a trip to a trade show exactly where I was scheduled to speak in Chicago three distinct times, at the same time as attend two essential meetings.

Long story brief, physical therapy was a miracle.  You do not know what you don’t know.

With some thing this, an individual becomes quite motivated to not let the pain ever take place once again.  I wanted to find out why it happened, how I could repair it, and how I could do my greatest to produce certain it never happened once again.  Today I do the daily workout routines located in these books, make an effort to walk as a lot as a I can, work at a stand up desk, and drink a ton of water.  It is very good to possess good goals in life.  Within this case, my aim is to “not go through that crap again.”  I cannot say that it really is a optimistic aim, but it’s having a very good impact on my life.

 

 

 

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