Looking for relief of Pinched nerve in L4.
I’m a 73 yr old woman. After a brain tumor was removed, I was sent to a rehab for 10 days.
The day before I was to leave the rehab, the PT worked me very hard.
Early evening I had bad pain in my left groin and leg. I thought I had a blood clot. The nurse sent in two doctors to access the pain. They said it was a pulled muscle. I have constant nerve pain in my groin and thigh since that day at rehab. At times it feels like a knife is cutting into my thigh. My leg feels very heavy and feels like a very tight rope is wrapped around it. When I sit or lie down it feels like I’m sitting on a pile of rocks. If I sit for more than 10 mins., I get stabbing pain in my groin and thigh and have to stand and march in place.
It’s been 8 months since rehab and it’s gotten worse, especially at night.
My orthopedist prescribed several muscle relaxers and it did nothing.
I’ve tried gabapentin which made the pain worse. Lyrica did nothing. and 2 muscle relaxers did not work. The only thing that gives me some relief is Extra Strength Excedrin.
I’ve had MRIs of my cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine and it showed I have a pinched nerve in my L4.
My leg feels like I’m crippled.
I can barely get out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.
I’m so tired of living with chronic pain, I think I might try acupuncture.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Surgery is not an option, because many people that have had surgery on their spine are in more pain.
And I will not have more PT to make it worse.
Would appreciate any suggestions.