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Hopefully someone can give me suggestions of what to do next, I'm at my wits end! Three years ago when I was 12 weeks pregnant my discs in my back went after getting up suddenly in the night to see to my daughter. To cut a long story short I had an MRI which showed disc prolapse L5/S1 and L3/4. Being pregnant at the time was hell on earth as I couldn't take painkillers, I had two nerve root block injections which didn't work and couldn't walk for seven months.
After I had my son the pain was better (very briefly) and it wasn't long before it was chronic again. This time I started all the meds full on, I was told by my Consultant that it wouldn't get better until I stopped lifting my baby.This was three years ago and the pain has never gone away, I have been on pain medication the whole time and had been able to work again full time (I'm a teacher) as long as I modified my life.
For the past six weeks I have been off work with horrendous sciatic pain in my foot (can't wear a shoe) and unable to stand, sit or walk for more than 5 minutes. Stairs are impossible and my GP is concerend I'm losing the use of my foot as I have "foot drop" and problems with balance, they have given me crutches.
Despite an urgent referral from my GP to see a Consultant I rung the hospital to be told I had a three month wait. When I said that this was an ongoing issue and not a new problem she said if it was that bad to go to A&E. On Monday I did just that and was left on a trolley for four hours whilst they stuck pins in me to test for sensation. I spoke to an Orthopaedic consultant over the phone and he said he would refer me for an "urgent" MRI which I now discover may take 12 weeks to materialise. Once they established that I didn't have Cadaue Equine syndrome they sent me home with more tablets.
I am at the end of my rope with this, I've tried ringing the hospital but am getting treated like I'm a nuisance and in the meantime, my children don't have a Mother that can function and my Husband is my carer.
I have booked a private Consultation for the end of the month but really object to paying when I should be seen through the NHS. Also worried about the expense as I'm the breadwinner in the family and my Husband a stay at home Dad and we can't afford a big expense as I'll soon be on SSP. I am worried I'll be in constant pain forever and that I'll lose the use of my foot and leg completely, I haven't been able to drive for some time.
What can I do to move things forward? I am on every med; tramadol, amytriptylene, diclofenac and am taking anti- sickness meds as the pain is making me so nauseous. I get about three hours sleep and am barely functioning, I feel so sorry for my poor children. My youngest is 2 and he doesn't understand why I can't play with him. I've been unable to leave the house except to see the Doctor for the past six weeks.
If you've got to the bottom of this post thank you so much for listening. Any suggestions or shared experiences would be a lifeline just now!
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