Can you help me cope with my utterly terrible back and leg pain? I'm at my wits end, so I'm looking for any and all suggestions - physical or mental.
The pain began in June of this year, but has become more intense in the past month - I'm currently hovering around an 8 on the Allie Brosh's pain scale
. An MRI revealed a bulging disc between my L4 and L5 vertebra, which is causing sciatic nerve pain, weakness, and slight numbness in my left buttock and leg, down to my calf. I can't sit, lay down, stand, or walk for more than 10-20 minutes before the pain becomes EXTREME and I need to change positions.
I have seen my GP about this and she's referred me to a pain specialist. I trust my GP implicitly. The pain guy is new, but seems good and came highly recommended. In addition to continuing my physical therapy, stretching at home, core strengthening exercises, and taking naproxen (all started in September), I will be receiving an epidural injection of steroids.
The problem is that my insurance company won't allow me to have the procedure right away. They have to review the doctor's records and decide whether or not the procedure is "medically necessary". This could take up to ten business days. I thought it was going to be done this week so I completely broke down when the pain people said they couldn't schedule me until the 19th. The doctors' recommendation is to just keep on keeping on - I'm doing all I can to help the pain until the procedure.
I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through this week, let alone next. I work in an office, so I have to be sitting at my desk most of the day. The pain is making it hard to concentrate. I haven't slept a full night in I don't know how long. Ice packs and heating pads offer some relief, but only when I'm laying down - which I can't do at work. Walking slowly also helps a bit, but I can't pace all day.
What can I do to ease my pain - mentally or physically - until I can get the injection*?
* I know the injection may not help as much as I want it to, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. I'm more interested in what to do right now.