Today ends my third week away from work with back problems. This sucks!
It all started in July when I began having leg pain for no apparent reason. With time it got worse. I visited my family doctor who told me it was actually a back problem. X-rays then an MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a herniated disc.
Steve, my family doc, recommended a neurosurgeon who recommended an epidural delivering steroids directly to my disk. Ouch!
Within a few hours there was a change. The most severe pain was gone. I could sit or stand without feeling like I was being filleted with a hot knife!
I hoped recovery would continue at that pace. It has not.
Things are better than they were in the hours following the epidural, but just barely. The trend is in the right direction, but this will take time.
The scary part to me is, even at this reduced level of pain I am incapable of doing anything productive. Standing or walking for a minute or two puts me back in pain. You have no idea how much I wish I was at work.
I have more doctor appointments next week. I hope for positive news. I wait.