Aug 23, 2012Post Date: 8/24/12 3:38 am
Being 9 weeks out I have done an amazing job getting motivated. I walk between 3-5 miles at least 6 days a week. About 2 weeks ago I started having Sciata pain and numbess in my left thigh. My PCP put me on prednisone and assured me I could keep up my walk - pain was gone when I was walking anyway. Primary also said if it didn't go away after a week or so I could start physical therapy and get an EMG (nerve conduction test.)
I finished the prednisone on Saturday. Well, last night I went to work (critical care nurse) and didn't make 1 hour into my shift before I felt horrible pain on the lower left back and down the left leg. I toughed it out all night, I couldn't sit because the pain was unbearable, could barely walk either. I managed to get through with the help of wonderful coworkers and an easy patient assignment. By this morning I realized I would not be able to sit in my car and drive home because the pain was so unbearable. Lucky for me I didn't have to go far for the emergency room, lol!!
I had a great experience there - no messing around... dilaudid for pain, decadron for inflammation, and straight to MRI! My surgeon was called for clearance on medications I would receive. What a super surprise that he "decided to stop in personally" and see how I was doing!! I love my surgeon! Anyway, turns out I have some severe disk issues and need to see a neuro surgeon. I don't mind as long as things get fixed properly, I am able to work (most importantly) and that I am able to exercise.
This is what I find most irionic...
Before surgery I took ONE pill! Synthyroid - nothing else. After surgery I take more pills than I care to count, prescription, vitamins, and now pain medications! I have probably had the back/sciatica issue for a long time and just never felt symptoms mostly because I was lazy and wouldn't be caught dead exercising! Obesity had me in a viscious cirlce (Or so I believed) that didn't include anything exercise - only the bare minimum of exertion so I wouldn't hurt or become short of breath.
Well, NOW I WANT TO EXERCISE AND WORK OUT!!! INCLUDING WALKING 5 MILES A DAY!!! Only I am limited to a casual walk around the block with granddaughter until I see the specialists and get treatment which may mean the surgery.
To reach a point of feeling healthy enough to work out and LOVE every minute of it only to have it taken away surely makes me sad!! I know this should be only temporary however, I feel as though I will have to start from the very begining once the back issues are cleared up.