Both had DDays and TT
Do not let others be your reference for who you see in the mirror.
Stop allowing people to hurt you, because you don't love you enough to walk away.
"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." - Asimov
"Be patient and tough; someday this pain will be useful to you." - Ovid
The stretches will help, but have to be done, just a little, every. Single. day.
Hugs honey...take the meds, as little as necessary to get you through the day, and to help you sleep.
This is a herniated disc?
Do ice instead of heat. When I ruptured my disc it was the only thing that helped. What exercises are you doing? Look up ones that stretch the IT band. Start slow.
I can't take strong meds because they make me sick so I got through with Motrin 8. My doc also put me on a steroid for a week to try to alleviate the inflammation.
Slowly, very slowly, things got better with PT, exercises and moist heat.
Hang in there. If you can't take the meds, try the Motrin at least for a little relief.
If you go with icing, I thought it might be helpful to pass along the 'recipe' for a malleable ice pack. 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts water in a freezer bag; stick in freezer.
You might also try a Google scholar search for current treatment approaches to your issue. You might be able to glean some good information from that while you're waiting for the insurance eligibility.
I hate pain meds, too, but I hate pain worse. Don't be too fearful of the Percocets. Once you get the insurance coverage (I don't know how much these things are out of pocket), you might ask about Rxs for Lidoderm patches or Voltarem cream/gel...the latter in particular has been very helpful to me for various muscoloskeletal pain problems.
Again, I hate that you're suffering so.
So, relieve the immediate symptoms and then explore other therapies is my advice. I have a friend that swears by deep tissue massage and acupuncture for her back pain. I've had great luck with those for neck and shoulder pain caused by sitting in front of a computer all day and half the night.
eta: I am not advocating ignoring your doctor. Just saying to consider opinions from other professionals when you don't get relief.
((Unagie)) Hang in there. It sucks big time.
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It could be a herniated disc or sciatica since they both cause back pain with the radiculopathy symptoms you mentioned. See if the doc will call you in some steroids and muscle relaxants. Both prednisone and flexeril are on the Wal-mart 4 dollar list. If you do get the steroid (prednisone) don't take NSAIDS (like Advil, Motrin or alive). If you don't get steroids double the OTC dose of an NSAID WITH food. Use heat or ice... Which ever feels best to you. and do some stretches. To be honest with you I'd prescribe this even if you did have insurance. Until there are objective neurological signs (foot drop, peeing on yourself, etc.surgeons won't do anything anyway).
(((hugs))) and healing mojo.
Unagie, I've had a chronically bad back for a couple of decades - 5 operations, last on Jan 2012. The L4 finally ruptured - plus stenosis and facets in my spine. Other than that, it works great. One thing that helps is stretching, and I mean every day. There are some simple stretches for your lower back, glutes, and hamstrings that you can do.
1. A yoga pose called Cobra (or upward dog if you can do it). Lay on your stomach with your arms under you like a sphinx, and push your upper body up as far as you can go while keeping your hips on the ground. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.
2. Side twists. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Spread your arms to make a T. Then, lower your knees to the right while keeping your buttocks on the floor as far as you can - turn your head in the opposite direction to accentuate the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds - do twice for each side.
3. Hurdler stretch. Lay on your back with both knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Cross your right leg over your left below the knee and make a figure 4. Reach between the hole and lock your hands together behind your left leg - grab your shin if you can, if not, just grab your hamstring. Lay back and gently pull your knee to your chest. Hold for 30 seconds. Do each side twice. This really stretches out the piriformis muscle that most people ignore. (It's under your glutes)
4. Knee to chest. Lay flat on your back with both feet straight out, and bring your right leg up like you are doing a can opener in a dive. Grab behind your knee with both hands and pull it gently to your chest. Hold for 30 seconds. Do each leg twice.
Remember to breath with your stretching - breathing out relaxes your muscles. Take deep breaths. And remember it's called stretching - not tearing. Don't overdo it.
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"I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to miss the dance." Garth Brooks