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The Mighty Steroid

Friday, January 24, 2014

Where do I begin?? Life has been CRAZY since Christmas. I hurt my back over vacation time and for the last 5 weeks I have had a bad case of sciatica. I've had this condition in the past but NEVER have I felt pain like THIS before!! Unable to move, turn, bend and crawling to the toilet...it's been a nightmare for sure. So week after painful week I kept going to the doctors wanting some relief and they handed me prescription after prescription of STEROIDS.

Wow. First there was the dose pack...that didn't touch the pain...then after the first 7 days there was 14 days of 40mg of steroids. They figured stronger would be better...WRONG! I became a BEAST of a person!!

I had NO idea how crazy these drugs would make me!

Nothing helped. Nothing worked. So I went to a specialized Doctor at a pain clinic. What did this man do??? Prescribe me STEROIDS!! Along with lots of muscle relaxers!! Fun Fun. It still didn't work.

Finally I had to resort to getting a epidural steroid shot into my back!! It's been 3 days and I feel AMAZING!!!! I'm supposed to wait 72 hours before proclaiming success. But I'm so thankful for that procedure!!!

During the last month I gained EIGHT (8) pounds on those drugs!! This devastated me but then I just pushed through the last few days and decided to be positive. Since stopping the steroids on Monday, I have lost 3 pounds!! Yeah!!!

I'm so happy for all the support I've had here on Sparkpeople and I'm very thankful for Sparkpeople because it was only by being consistent, coming here daily and even if I felt like a big, fat, swelled up failure, I knew I wasn't.

Now...let's begin again!! I see SUCCESS coming my way!!

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  • JPENNY2525
    Glad for your success on the epidural and over coming the pain! May the rest of the year be filled with success and victories! emoticon
    2172 days ago
    This is a wonderful blog! You really went through a lot but came out a winner. If you feel good - those pounds will come right off. You can do it! emoticon
    2186 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    I second Trev's comment about steroids...

    I am happy that you are no longer suffering because it is near impossible to accomplish anything when you are in a constant state of pain and cannot get comfortable

    I've suffered from it in the past as has my Mom and neither of us has been prescribed steroids. We've used muscle and skeletal relaxers, taken "Feldenkrais" classes, Mom's been put in "traction" at the physio-therapists, she now does tai chi and attends aqua-ritis classes, and I do yoga and pilates.

    That said, I hope you find a doctor who can help you with this if it should ever happen again.

    Here's to you being free!
    2186 days ago
    Welcome back, Melissa -- to feeling more like yourself! I am very glad to hear that you're feeling much better. Sciatica can be beyond disabling! It sounds like they finally found a better solution/treatment for you. Remember this should (God Forbid!) it occur again and just go straight to the epidural.

    I am very happy to share this journey with you. You deserve to feel good about yourself and succeed. You're doing it, Girl!!!
    2186 days ago
  • TREV1964
    Hi Mel,

    Years ago I ruptured a lower disk which caused a bit of sciatica. I was offered codeine which eased the pain and used an infa-red lamp. The combination got me back walking, and driving within about two weeks and no steroids were used. Is there a reason for using the steroids? they are only used here as an absolute last resort.


    2186 days ago
    God Bless You ! emoticon
    2186 days ago
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