I have been in considerable pain on and off since my first pregnancy 23 years ago. It's been almost constant for the last 3/4 years. My lower back and left buttock feel like there is a ball of fire there accompanied by some knitting needles poking in there frequently, weakness in my leg and numbness/altered sensations.
I had always been told that this was sciatica, prescribed painkillers and got on with it. Until the next unbearable episode of pain.
Long story short, I was referred to the pain management clinic in February, seen in July, and diagnosed with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. I was referred for nerve block injections. I actually cried with gratitude that I was being treated as a person with back pain and not a malingerer with a dependency on opiates and mental health issues ( this was given as my diagnosis in 2013 by a neuro consultant).
I had the diagnostic blocks to L5, S1, 2, and 3 on the 27th October which were AMAZING. I wanted to kiss the whole theatre staff, no pain at all following the injections. My left buttock felt like a heavy feather pillow. Or a marshmallow. Or any other soft fluffy thing you can imagine. It was the biggest relief. Lasted for a good few hours.
Now I am waiting for an appointment for the denervation of L5, S1-3. Hopefully be able to get off of the analgesia I've had to take for the last few years.
Has anyone else had this denervation done? The woman in the next bed to me was having it done but had to stop after 2 nerves as it was too painful to continue 😩
Thanks for reading