... difficult to walk??
Yes, unfortunately I do, and dealing with it is a daily battle. I had a 3 Level Diskectomy and 5 level Fusion after my disk degenerated to the point I lost the use of my left leg. The bottom screws are anchored in my sacrum which makes my SI Joints more painful and problamatic increasing the level of sciatica.
I had to develop a routine to help me walk and stand because without it I can't even make coffee without being in excruciating pain. Basically when I wake in the morning I first have to sit and stretch to let my spine adjust to being upright and let my SI's begin to wake, if I don't my left leg will be numb in less than a few minutes.
I spent five years off pain meds trying to battle this on my own but with a recent new development in my past 3 cervical fusions I gave in and am now taking Methadone for the chronic pain, which I can't say I care for much. I also take Lyrica which helps with the Nerve Pain going down my left leg.
Hello vttech 10 and a warm welcome to DC – I note from your response to another question that you have Fibromyalgia (FM) and Sciatica? Yes I did have these symptoms in the past. My diagnosis at the time was a lower back spinal disc problem and what some thought was sciatica, was diagnosed as chronic myofascial pain. The main component of this condition is Trigger Points (TrPs). TrPs often are found in people with FM (I have FM also). In my case it was these TrPs that was making walking difficult/ impossible. The temporary paralysis I never got to the bottom of this issue, but it would happen to me whilst laying down (I did not have FM at the time). TrPs are easy to diagnoses by a pain Dr and can be treated. A muscle relaxant drug may help you. You should be on one (or more) for FM anyway as this condition causes muscle spasm which can affect mobility. The pain I experienced was a pulling/tightening pain. Hot stabbing pains. Muscle twitching pains - Take care
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