This is a complicated question. I can't believe I am going to say all this but I need some advice or support. I have been dealing with back pain and sciatica for 3 years. I am have been taking norco for it. I have tried everything and nothing seems to work. My pain started after the birth of my son. Bad epidural and back labor etc. It's like some days I think it's not so bad. I want to have another kid. Then maybe go back to work. I deal with the pain ok. Other days I think there is no way I can have another kid. I should probably pursue disability. I should probably give up trying to find some new treatment and accept the fact I will be in pain forever and start taking some stronger or different meds. But that just feels like giving up to me? I can't afford counseling right now. Just looking for some words of wisdom or anyone else who is struggling with this. Peace
I've been suffering from chronic back and neck pain for quite a few years now. I'm a retired legal secretary, but I never planned to retire before the age of 60, which I did. I actually thought I'd be working at least into my 70s, until my back pain got worse and worse. I have been on disability for a couple of years now. It took me about two years to be granted the disability, and during that time I felt pretty depressed and useless.
Obviously, you're much younger than I an, so I can imagine it would be even worse in your case.
I hope you don't give up on finding some type of resolution for your back pain. Nowadays, miraculous things can be done as far as surgeries and treatments on all types of aches, pains and illnesses.
I don't believe you're going crazy. It's very normal to question yourself. It's just a phase you are going through.
There's a lot of good information on drugs.com. Feel free to ask questions about others who are suffering from sciatica and chronic back pain. Many of us (not me) are taking antidepressant drugs to help deal with their circumstances. There's no shame in that!
I hope you keep coming back and talking about your feelings. It is a type of therapy, since you cannot afford to go see a counselor.
Good luck to you, and I hope this helps.
Did you take legal action against your ob or the one who performed the epidural? Took them 3 different tries to do mine and it only took on my left side. I barely could walk for 6 months. Have you lost all the baby weight? I know even if you are ten pounds overweight that could effect the back pain. I couldn't even get anyone to acknowledge my pain and all they would prescribe me is tramadol which only worked for a couple days. I still have sciatica but some days are worse than others. I asked for a c-section bc I knew this was going to happen but my request fell on deaf ears.
Just because you signed a waiver for your epidural doesn't necessarily mean that you can't take legal action. See an attorney. It won't cost you anything just to talk to one on an issue like this. Waivers signed under stress may not mean anything legally. Also I hope that you are seeking other means to alleviate your pain. Have you been to a pain management doctor? And definitely get on an anti-depressant as suggested above. Those of us in chronic pain often need it. And again, it is nothing to feel ashamed of or that you aren't strong enough. Don't give up. You take care. Sara
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