I sincerely welcome you to Healing Well. It is a fantastic forum with a lot of compassionate people from various backgrounds and with various experiences. It's very good to meet you, although it is unfortunate we both come together because of a common denominator of pain. None the less, again, I sincerely welcome you.
I have a thirty year back history and way back when, I had a hemi-laminectomy and some extensive work done in my back, like removing scar tissue that I was told tethered the sciatic nerve, making it quite inflammed; also, the surgeon opened the narrowed foramen (where the nerve goes through the pelvic bone.)
Well, now I am in my sixties, I battle fibromyalgia along with my back pain. I walk short distances with a cane and any further than that, I require a wheelchair. I have gained plenty of weight as a result of the lyrica and other meds, so I understand your fears with that.
My suggestion to you is to look into getting a TENS unit. You place the patches directly on your skin and the compact unit attaches to your waistband and you "dial" the TENS to eliminate the sensation of pain. Perhaps if you google it, you will get a better understanding. It's late and I have just taken my medication for the night, so my explanations are not precise. I'm sorry for that.
The TENS unit has helped me over the years and I have even been known to sleep with one, it has been so comfortable for me. Please ask your doctor about it. It maybe an easy solution to some of your back pain.
I will say a prayer for you that your pain is reduced or eliminated, if possible. God bless.
Believe in yourself. Be kind to fellow humans and animals. Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.
And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help. I will be there.
Post Edited (Lindaloo) : 2/20/2012 8:50:29 PM (GMT-7)