With my back hurting as much as it does I finally got my MRI and then an appointment to see a neurosurgeon. According my MRI my L5 nerve is pinched to the left side. But interestingly it’s my right leg that hurst the most and is the one that feels numb and tingly. When the neurosurgeon examined me it was also my right leg that showed weakness So this was challenging for him to decide what to do. In the end I didn’t mind that he said I didn’t need surgery. Heck! I didn’t want it in the first place! But then I was told I would have to wait another 2 weeks to see the Pain management and rehab doctor to even DISCUSS gover etting an epidural steroid shot.
That was when the whole thing was overwhelming for me. I mean I’ve already dealt with this pain for so long. I’ve put my life on hold for this pain for over 2 weeks now. There was NO WAY I could do it for another 2 weeks! I would go insane! Thankfully I now have an amazing doctor (she has done more for me in 2 weeks than my doctor on Kaiser ever did in 18 months!) and she took the time to speak with me on the phone after the appointment and try to work out how I am going to cope over the next two weeks.
The result? Oral steroids. I tried as hard as I could to stay away from those crazy things for as long as I’ve had this back pain but it seems as though they’ve finally caught up with me. I don’t seem to have any other choice though. Currently I’m taking Tumeric, reveratrol, 10mg hydro, 1000 acet, and 10gm flexeril. (Man looking at it that way, that’s a lot!) in addition to eating a pretty strict auto immune paleo diet to keep my inflammation down, along with my morning cup of bone broth, my fclo 2x a day. I’m still averaging out around a 5-6 in pain when I’m trying to lead a normal life. Yes I can get my pain down to a 1 even a 0 when I’m laying down. But honestly I can’t live like this much longer.
So starting tomorrow I’m going to be taking Prednisone for 14 days. It’s quite a crazy and complicated schedule. I have to take 6 pills for 5 days each and then gradually take less. I’m not looking forward to the side effects. They can include weight gain from an increased appetite, insomnia, acne, swelling (which I find funny since it’s an anti inflammatory) and stomach problems which is an issue with me and my IBD.
My doctor also gave me some sort of antacid to take with my Pred but I’d rather not take it so have decided instead to go the ACV route and do a tbsp before each meal and see how I feel. It shouldn’t hurt, and maybe will keep my appetite in check as well. I intend to make sure I’m getting plenty of protein and calcium. Since I don’t do dairy my calcium will come from my chicken broth (brewed with egg shells for more calcium!), and my veggies. I know a lot of the weight gain will come from water retention so I’m going to drink extra water and stay away from take aways (even if they are paleo approved Thai cuisine).
I’m going to try an document how I feel through out the course of the steroids. I think it will be good for me to look back on and see how they made me feel. Both for my own personal records and to discuss further treatment with my doctors. I’m kind of hoping though that it’s just enough to get my disc back in place so I can move on with my life. Let’s just say I will not be playing volleyball or going on any retreats any time soon!