The doctor visits and conversations regarding my health now lead to testing being done and one of which was an MRI. Once completed, yes, they found the reason I experienced pain was my pinched nerve, and I heard words like “L4 & L5 disks” and “no cushion” and as the doctor rattled off this abundance of information the words “arthritis” were spoken. Oh man, now I’m old and have arthritis were the thoughts running through my head, this can’t be true. Well, it was and now I was in the process of learning what it was, how I got it and what to do about it.
A condition known for causing stiffness and inflammation in a person’s joints can affect both young and old. Regardless, when you began experiencing the pain and discomfort from this disease, finding what minimizes it’s affect on you is of the utmost importance in order to live a life as pain free as possible.
The doctor decided on two things, medication and a procedure called an epidural. The process of an epidural is to inject steroids into the affected area in order to reduce inflammation and cushion the joints so that you don’t experience the pain from them rubbing together. The reduction of inflammation also relieves the pain caused to the sciatic nerve or so it should. An appointment was set to undergo this procedure and it could not happen fast enough for me.
The medications I was given were not working and others were prescribed one right after the other, but the pain I would live with on a daily basis would become nearly unbearable at times. Funny how we think the doctors are all knowing, but I am not one to hold my tongue so I kept after the doctor about the medications. Still unclear why I was prescribed all of the various ones that did not work, my doctor finally decided upon a “nerve pain” medication instead of all of the narcotic’s he had been giving me.
I was given some sort of shot in my hip area before I left his office, a new prescription and a number to call for the epidural appointment. I am happy to say that the shot began my experience of relief for the first time in almost a year, the nerve medication began working better and better and after the epidural, I was pain free and walking, hiking and enjoying life as I had prior to the onset of all of this.
Life was good once again and I was so thankful to experience in a way I had so dearly missed, but sadly, this is not something that goes away, it can only be treated. My Epidural is wearing off and you can only have them twice a year, so with August being four months away and the pain returning day by day I am once again faced with what there is to be done about this.