I have a bad back. When I say bad, I mean more or less constant pain in my lower back and down my right leg into my calf. It hurts, and to be quite honest I’m pretty tired of it. I had back surgery in October of 2002 and I was pain free for about a week or so. After that, it was business as usual, meaning pain, and lots of it. I saw a chiropractor for several months and I think that helped some. But he was pretty expensive and I was driving half an hour each way at 5:00 in the morning 3 days a week. I had to stop seeing him. I did pretty well for a few months after that, but it didn’t last. Around February of this year the pain started coming back with a vengeance again. I’ve been on 3 different anti-inflamatory medicines, I’ve been taking as many as 3 Vicadin a day some days. Jen had a baby in July and I can’t even hold him standing up for more than 10 minutes or so, and he gets bored staring at the back of a chair or the couch and he’s not ashamed to let you know it. So, my back needs fixed in a bad way. This past Monday I took the next step in trying to get it fixed: I got an epidural cortisone shot in my spine. It wasn’t as horrible as it sounds, but it wasn’t exactly pleasant either. Cortisone is supposed to be a really good anti-inflamatory and it’s also a steroid that is supposed to promote healing in joints and break down scar tissue. I have no idea if it’s working. The doctor said it could feel worse for a couple of days before it starts to feel better. I still have some pain but it’s more of a soreness and less of an evil stabbing sensation. I am supposed to call them in about a week and evaluate whether I should get another shot – you can have as many as 3 in a six-month period usually about three weeks between shots. If the cortisone doesn’t work, the next option is another surgery. That doesn’t thrill me either because I’ve heard of very few people who have had multiple back surgeries and are pain free. An exception to that is the pastor at my church who just had his second surgery and is feeling great. So we’ll see how it goes. In the meantime your thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated.
Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.