Sciatica Relief Advice Please
I had spinal fusion 6 months ago to treat an L5/S1 pars defect that was trapping my right side sciatic nerve. Unfortunately I still suffer pretty much the same level of sciatic pain. I have a TENS machine that is useful during the day but I cannot use it at night. I take Voltaren 3 times a day, 2 Tramadol 200, 2 Endone and supplement these with Panadeine Extra - but I still have a significant level of pain. I am 55 years old and retired from the workforce. I also have osteoartiritis and my right hip is pretty badly eroded but I am deferring hip replacement as far as I can stand it.
I have tried hydrotherapy but it did no good and the core strengthening exercises actually aggravated the pain. I am seeing a new physio today. I exercise by walking on a treadmill - aggravation is pretty severe after 2 kms, exercise bike for 30 minutes is about my limit and I do yoga for an hour 4-5 times a week. I have had 3 CAT scan guided spinal cortisone injections with varying degrees of success - the last was fairly useless. I am on a waiting list for hospital pain management treatment but I may have to wait up to 12 months until I see someone.
I am not sure whether anything I am doing is further aggravating the pain. Does anyone have any tips regarding exercise, stretching, medication, diet and anything else that might help me. Thanks in anticipation.