I have a slipped disc and degenerative arthritis in my whole spine, and am recently recovering from the painful muscle spasm pains associated with these conditions, which debilitated me for about 5 months. I now suffer from severe chronic sciatica with horrific pain from my buttock to my ankle.
I know this is caused by my disc, but my GP and neurosurgeon are just ignoring my pain and disability, so i need to learn to manage this on my own. I cant tolerate Amitriptyline or opiates, as I have a young family and a job, and I cannot function with the side effects.
I take paracetamol four times a day, Ibuprofen three times, and i have Solpadine Max at bedtime (try to have it every other night). In general, although life is hard, i cope, but recently i find i can only sleep for four hours max before i am awake in agony. I am completely unable to get out of bed too. This disturbs my husband who has to be up for work early and that adds to my already huge guilt at being such a failure as a useful mum and wife.
So what i'm asking please, does anyone have any ideas which positions are best to sleep in, so that i am not waking in pain. Does anyone do anything to help get out of bed? I have a bed lever to help pull me up, and its great! But recently I cant help but scream out in pain, and find myself totally stuck, breathless, in horrendous pain, when i try to roll or sit up from lying down. Its unbearable. I lie there sobbing with a pillow over my face, trying to inch my leg out of the bed minute by minute.
Are there any forms of paracetamol which are stronger and might last me more than four hours? Does anyone else have any suggestions as to how to get me out of bed without waking everyone up with my screams? (Ive tried biting on a pillow!!!). I tried sleeping on the settee....NOT GOOD!
My husband wants to go camping in three weeks, to take my little girl to Flamingo Land, and despite the difficulties this will present me, I was looking forward to going. However, now i cant imagine how i am going to sleep and get up without disturbing the whole camp site!!. My husband asked did i want to try sleeping in the car? I'm going to try it and see. I would be really grateful to know how others cope with this type of pain and difficulty.
Thanks for listening.