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unbearable sciatic pain and fibromyalgia...

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  • Posted By: devilsofdarkness
  • December 19, 2009
  • 00:44 AM

My husband who is 39 is suffering severly with excruciating sciatic pain and finding it almost impossible to sit, stand or lie in any position for more than a few seconds at a time...he also suffers from fibro which is causing him problems in its self....He had an episode in the beginning of the year which lasted 16 weeks and he was almost completely bed ridden for all that time....This time looks to be going the same way although he is trying his hardest to be up and mobile whenever he can....even the few steps to the toilet is agony and i can hear and see the pain he is going through....he is also not sleeping due to the pain and is getting mentally exhausted.

He has currently been taking 300mg gabapentin 3 x day with the highest doseage of co codomol he can and maybe gets an hour where the pain is bearable and after that he's back in agony again....the doctor has now prescribed 10mg amitryptiline 2 at night but he is still in the same situation

He has been on pain management courses, to back pain clinic, physio, acupunture, water therapy, tens machines etc

He had an mri earlier in the year which diagnosed a problem with a couple of the lower discs but nothing has been mentioned about them apart from refering him for yet more physio which from experience has not really helped....

Weve tried excercises, heat and cold packs, hanging from the door, trigger point therapy and none have made any difference to the pain....

He did have an episode like this a few years ago when he was given an epidural injection and although this ceased the pain, he has suffered from pilondial? abcesses at the site of the injection and last count hes had 24 of them....so he wont have another epidural....

i asked the doctor to prescribe him oramorph as this was what he had before and it did actually help slightly but she refused point blank...(it was another doctor in another part of the country where we lived that prescribed it) and gave him the ami which has done nothing,,,not even knock him out so he can at least get some sleep.

What can he try now as i dont really know what other options there are but any advice on how he might alliviate some of his pain and maybe an idea of what route to try next would be very greatly apprecited

thanks for reading


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