I hate being sick. And it has been noted that MOST people also hate being sick. So when I say I hate being sick, this should not come as a surprise. Recently I have been “sick,” but not in a “I’m gonna toss my cookies” sort of way. My malady is sciatica and for the past 7 months I have been dealing with it in full force. I’ve been to see my family doctor and my orthopedic doctor and a doctor who only works on shoulders (remember THIS post?) and each and every one of them tells me the same thing…this issue is not gonna go away. If you have it, there’s really only measures you can take to try and hold it at bay as long as possible but eventually I’ll probably have to have my spine ripped out.
Actually, sciatica is a pretty common problem these days and there are a few ways to keep the issue under control. The first is stretching. Stretching is NOT my strong suit because I am as inflexible as they come. But stretching is HUGE when it comes to this issue. The second help aid is massage or acupuncture. And lastly, lots of ice, followed by heat, followed by ice again and so on and so forth…
The things that DON’T help AT ALL over an extended point & time are drugs. Taking anti-inflammatory medications for a very short period of time doesn’t help for more than a short period because sciatica pain is so immense, it is hard to control with painkillers. So if this is the case, why is it that I am continually buying drugs for this problem? My family doctor prescribed a couple of drugs for me. My ortho prescribed some drugs for me. And I’ve bought all of them EXCEPT for a pain patch that was selling at Walgreen’s for $225?!? Forget that! But I have tried cyclobenzaprine, hydrocodone, naproxen, orphenadrine, prednisone and oxycodone and NONE of them really helped. Why is that, I wonder? I imagine if I’m gonna pay anywhere from $25 to $100 for these drugs, you’d think I’d get SOME KIND of relief. But noooooo…the pain keeps on shooting down my leg and I can’t imagine why I even bothered to buy all this crap. As a matter of fact, my insurance doesn’t pay for ANY of this stuff. Maybe the insurance companies know it’s a bad rap and have said they’re not gonna go along with it! They are taking a stand on the use of these “drugs” (aka SUGAR PILLS) and they aren’t gonna help endorse them anymore!
Sure…I’d love to think the insurance companies have me in mind but guess what…I still buy them. And they do nothing.
Last week a friend of mine told me that she suffers from sciatica and she is doing yoga and taking glucosamine, chindroitin and MSM. I have no idea how you pronounce this stuff but apparently it’s good for your joints. How this is supposed to help my sciatica, I have no idea. But you can bet your butt I’m gonna go buy them to see if they work because there’s a part of me that wants to believe that SOMETHING has to work, right? Not all of these modern medical miracles can be for show, can they?
Either way, none of this stuff is working and the only relief I am getting is if I do it myself. I gotta stretch, ice, heat and massage with a little acupuncture (which ain’t cheap. $135 for my first visit!), maybe I can whip this thing for a little while. But I’m a little nervous that I’m having to deal with this issue while in my 40’s. It would have been nice to get through this decade without having to deal with any kind of health problem but whatever…we all have our issues. Guess it could have been worse. I could have had unlimited kidney stones or angina or been pregnant. And THAT would have been weird…right?