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Severe sciatica

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 26, 2011
  • 11:40 AM

Hi Everybody,
I'm new here & desperate for answers or at least direction.
I've been experiencing severe sciatica on my left side for a year and a half. I've had a regular MRI, which showed pretty much nothing touching the nerve.
Was prescribed anti-inflamatories for about 6 months to no avail. Went through a series of epidural steroid injections, with no results. All the while the pain was increasing & unrelenting, seriously interfering with my quality of life. Pain became unbearable & family Dr precribed muscle relaxers & Lortab, increasing the Lortab to finally the latest 10mg.
Dr refered me to a neurologist who performed a nerve & a muscle study which indicated scoliosis, muscle atrophy & several bulging discs as well as a nerve root sheath cyst, none of which was in the lumbar region. Eventually referred to MDA clinic & results were negative for MD.
prescribed Lyrica, which leaves me with a brain fog. Also recommends physical therapy. During this time, I have had to give up a job that I loved & can't even go grocery shopping without suffering tremendously afterwards.
On top of other meds, Dr recently prescribed Fentanyl patches, because the Lortab wasn't touching it. I'm beginning to worry that the Drs are thinking that I'm seeking drugs, which couldn't be further from the truth. I only want my life back.
Recently, I've started experiencing shooting, lightning like strikes of pain down my leg when I put weight on it. This soesn't happen all of the time, but it's breathtaking & disabling, thankfully they only last for a second or two.
I am desperate for an answer & am beginning to wonder if this could be caused by a soft tissue tumor somewhere on the nerve. I high def MRI has not been done. In the meantime, I'm becoming more & more disabled & am now experiencing frequent sweating & some depression. I'm 50, there is extensive history of cance on both sides of my family. Any suggestion or help would be greatly appreciated. I have state sponsored insurance, which I suspect may be my Drs from aggresively pursuing a diagnosis.

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