Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, scoliosis, back problems, hypothyroidism.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 12/24/2009 9:31:41 AM (GMT-7)
I do not believe we have met before but Hi how are you doing? I hope better.
I would seriously go ask for a ct or MRI to see the extent of this problem. May want to go to Ortho Doc. Sciatica is a symptom of a bigger problem. Also nerve issues are nothing to play with as they can become permanent problems.
Best of luck to you and Be well!
The annulus is the outside layer of the disc. I don't really think you could feel when the annulus is actually torn but it can cause sciatic problems.
I have tried the lidoderm patches in the past for back problems but it didn't really help because I think it doesn't go deep enough to reach the area of my back that gives me problems. It is normally prescribed for shingle pain, which it does help! You can wear up to three patches at a time. Wear for 12 hrs then off for 12 hrs. I found that if I put them on too soon after a shower they wouldn't stick so make sure skin is clean and really dry.
I think the medrol pack are steroids. Not sure on this one but if it is they should help with any inflammation you are experiencing. Good Luck and hope it clears up soon. Do try to take it easy for a few days though, give your back a rest!!
Hi Miriam, welcome to CP forum. I am so sorry to hear what happened to you and the worst timing right at Christmas!!
Sciatic pain is awful. I have danced a tune or two over the years with it and can only say it can make you miserable. The Medrol Dose Pack is a steroid and should help with the inflammation. If you continue to remain the same and not get any better, perhaps getting into you PCP may be the route to take or go back to your rheumy. You may well need to have an MRI done to rule disc pathology.
The best thing you can do is take it easy over the next few days, Some say go to bed, some say stay active, its really hard to say what to do anymore because of so much conflict, lol. I have to say I try to slow down somewhat but I find it much better if I stay up and moving. I like moist heat, it just seems to go deeper over dry heat. I have no experience with the Lidaderm patches, sorry.
Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.