It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I had last posted. I have been going to physical therapy 3 times per week and had received an epidural injection in the L5 S1. The pain in my left leg and foot is about 60% better, but I still have chronic pain in my lower back. My thoracic back still gets tight and fatigued if I stand up for too long.
I have been doing a lot of resting and light walks around my neighborhood with my wife and daughter. I’m sort of using the stroller as a hidden walker to support my thoracic and lumbar. It’s almost embarassing that I need to take periods of sitting down or I will start getting more pain, muscle tightness, and fatigue. At physical therapy I’m using their equipment to try and strengthen my core muscles so I can support myself better when walking around.
I also bought a massage chair at PC Richards for $800.00. It definitley was worth the buy and helps a lot. I’m trying to stay positive and use any tool that I can to help my situation.
Let me first apologize for not updating everyone about my back condition. I haven’t posted in a long time because I have been working 12 to 14 hours per day and trying to be a loving father and husband to my family.
As all of you know, I suffer from disc problems in the lumbar spine L4 L5 S1 and muscle problems in the thoracic area which are causing pinched nerves. I get numbness and shooting pain that goes down my left leg and radiates into my left and right foot.
I was on a treatment regimen which included physical therapy twice per week, medication, and hours restriction at my job. I had applied for an ADA request due to my situation. My job has temporarily accommodated my request for 8-10 hour work day maximum. I am in management and paid a salary. Unfortunately most days require extended hours at my facility. The physical demand of the job is heavy with minimal sitting time.
I was on the road to recovery but unfortunaltely got into a minor car accident. I really didn’t think much of it at the time because I felt fine. Boy was I wrong! Later that night when I went to work (I work nights), I started to feel aches and shooting pain. I was already accustomed to a certain amount of pain that I managed with my medication. The pain I was feeling in my back, left leg, and feet felt horrible and I wasn’t able to find enough relief from my current medication.
I took myself to the hospital to get checked out. They treated me and excused me from work until I saw my pain management doctor. When I saw my doctor he stated he wanted me to stay out of work for 4 weeks. He had changed my medication and increased physical therapy to 3 times per week. He said another epidural injection would be given in two weeks. He doesn’t want me to do any heavy lifting and no excessive sitting, walking, or standing.
I really took a step backwards. I was showing some progress prior to the accident. It didn’t seem that bad until the next day. The accident really exacerbated my back problems. My back, leg, and feet hurt more than ever. I applied for disability for now, hopefully I won’t be out too long and things will calm down over the next few weeks while I’m getting plenty of rest.