Sandi so sorry to hear what you are dealing with but glad you have found out what is causing you pain. I have a similar problem. My nurse practitioner gave me a systemic cortisone shot for my arthritis and firbro and the amazing thing is the back pain eased up too. Wishing you good luck in finding a way to feel better.SandiSAHM wrote: ↑Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:49 pmI found a Smart Doctor. Unfortunately he's only a consulting person but a CT found what appears to be the source of ALL this pain - my lower lumbar has no discs between the vetebra(e? what's the plural?) anymore. The bones are all down there grinding each other into powder. Which makes for inflammation and "radiant" pain. And frankly the location of the issue explains SO MUCH. I can't lay down. At all, I have to be semi-reclined with back support and my legs up to sleep or I can barely walk when I try to get up.
So... he recommended steroid shots first, because surgery is usually a last-ditch "either fix it or shoot me" option that opens the door to complications and just MORE surgery (personal note: I've had 6 surgeries and outside of the 2 that delivered my kids, I really dislike the whole process - LOVE anesthesia (it's the saline used to deliver it that I really like) but hate waking up with an incision, pain, and the whole recovery thing - Janet's on my prayer list for her recovery because THAT does not sound like fun and yet she handles it with such grace). I just want to plow through and get things done. I'm terrible at "wait."
So now I'm on the quest for a pain management / neurosurgical (but not surgical) doctor. Who takes our insurance. In rural-ish Oklahoma. NBD, right?
Thank you for adding me to your prayer list. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers as well. ((hug))