Two years ago I had a procedure done by a pain specialist. I had woken up one morning just fine, and when I got out of bed and put my feet on the floor, I'd get a zinger down my sciatic nerve in my right leg. I'd rub it, walk around, and it would be okay. Only, it progressively got worse and worse every day to the point that I'd wake up in the mornings, and be afraid to get out of bed because of the pain. At this time I was seeing a chiropractor, and going for regular adjustments in the afternoons. Well, one afternoon, after my regular adjustment, the pain returned with a vengeance, and I drove over to my local emergency care facility. They examined me, gave me a prescription for pain meds, and referred me to this particular pain specialist.
I went to him the next day, and he scheduled me for an MRI and a nerve test. Then he gave me stronger pain meds, and scheduled me for this procedure. It's a sciatic nerve block, which is an absolutely amazing thing to go from serve, debilitating pain to becoming pain free.
The first one lasted 2 years. Two YEARS!! But 3 weeks ago, I started getting that old tingling, zinging pain sensation in my right leg again, and with the prospect of having cervical neck surgery coming up, I didn't want to be dealing with sciatic pain too.
I was up at 5 am, out the door by 5:30 - DH drove me - and on the table by 6:50. I forget what time I got home, but I managed to make coffee, have 2 cups, eat some eggs that DH cooked for me, and by 10 I was ready to go back to bed, so I did! Slept solid until 1:30, and finally got out of bed around 3:30. It's hard to get out of bed when there's a warm kitty keeping you company! No pain, and not groggy anymore.
Surgery update: I have an appointment with my regular doctor on Monday, and an appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday. Surgeon's office is now saying surgery either on August 25th or the 30th. I know I need to have another chest xray done and I think another EKG done, but am not anticipating any problems from either one of those tests.