Then on Wednesday I tried taking a shower and it was painful down my right leg to stand the entire time to take my shower. I thought that perhaps maybe just standing was what was uncomfortable. So after I had dressed I tried to walk down my driveway but I was unable to without the horrible cramping coming back.
I was in tears. I was praying. I could tell I was getting depressed and worried. Emotionally I knew one problem was that I had been taking the medicine that they prescribed me, but I had quit taking tramadol cold turkey the morning of the surgery. I know that it was something I wasn't supposed to do - tramadol has a antidepressant effect and quitting cold turkey produces withdrawal. I called the nurse back since the pain was getting worse and it wasn't stopping. She eventually called me back and she told me that I could switch back to the tramado if i needed to... but she would call in a steroid pack for me to take. She didn't know if I had reherniated but it was a possibility so they needed me to get an MRI. She would need to clear this with insurance so she said she'll call me back and let me know when it would be. Another thing I asked her was if they had put pain medication or steroids on the nerve before they had closed the wound in surgery, and she said yes which is why sometimes people feel good when they get home but then they feel worse shortly afterwards... And Nerves take a long time to heal.
That eased my mind a little bit, but I was still afraid of what was happening. I rested in bed all day and iced my back. He went to get the steroid pack the nurse prescribed but the pharmacy didn't have it in yet.
Thursday my grandma came to keep me company. This is a great comfort to me because being alone was really hard at this point. I managed to walk with her down to the end of the driveway and then back up that day. But for most the day I still rested and did my regimen medicine and ice. I could still feel the sciatica there when I would walk.
Friday my grandmother came over again and kept me company for the first part of the day. I called the pharmacy to see if the nurse had called an my steroid medicine yet. Still nothing. I called the nurse back and left a message to see if she had sent it to the wrong pharmacy or if she had forgotten to send it. I never heard back from her on Friday and since it's the weekend I didn't expect to hear anything either... I am hoping Monday.
Friday I was able to go up and down the street twice. That's the most exercise I've been able to do since my legs started hurting again. That night I was pretty sore. And today when I woke up I've been pretty sore most of the day as well. The cramping in my bottom and my leg is very severe today so I been trying to just lay down and ice again. I feel like it's a step forward and then two steps back and I'm hoping that soon I can be two steps forward and one step back.
I won't know anything until I get my steroid pack and until I get my MRI. I was led to believe that the surgery would immediately help my sciatica go away, but it hasn't. I think it's harder because the first week I felt so good and now I'm starting to feel like I did before. If I still had the pain immediately after the surgery it might have been easier to deal with.
I will update more with how my pain is going and what the doctor says when I hear back.