Again, thank you to all who prayed, whether you posted or not. Things are already so much better than we ever expected them to be. We are extremely grateful.
First a little history...
My husband has disc problems (L4 and L5) and chronic back pain. He has managed his back pain for over 5 years with daily walking and exercises. He has done everything possible to avoid back surgery.
Last week, he began to experience soreness in his upper thigh. He began limping by Friday and assumed he had strained his groin muscle. However, by Sunday his pain became much worse, and he was unable to get comfortable in any position. Through the night, he was in constant severe pain, and neither of us slept at all.
Monday morning, desperate for relief from the pain, he began checking into back surgery, trying to find which surgeon to trust. He decided to go to his chiropractor (a wonderful guy that has helped alot over the years) for a more accurate diagnosis and referral to a surgeon. At this point, we were still unsure if he was dealing with back issues or some type of sprain.
The chiropractor popped his back and scheduled him again for the afternoon. He also recommended holding off on surgery. He said that what we were dealing with was severe sciatic pain. During the day, my husband experienced no relief from the pain and wasn't able to walk on his right leg any more. When he went back in the afternoon, the chiropractor did an extremely painful adjustment of his pelvis. (Hubby's screams cleared out the waiting room.)
We got him some crutches for getting around and some Tylenol PM to hopefully sleep through the pain. We weren't able to get in to the MD doctor for pain or sleeping meds, which is probably just as well because hubby doesn't do well with drugs.
When he got up this morning, the decrease in pain was remarkable. He was scheduled for a massage (his first) this morning. He tolerated the massage very well, and it seemed to make a difference. Immediately following, he was worse for a bit, but throughout the day, he has gotten much better.
This might be more information than any of you wanted. :) Since you've prayed for us, I wanted you to know what's going on. When the pain was intense and there was no relief in sight, we were both desperate and afraid. We were in the middle of a nightmare.
Things aren't perfect yet. He may need the crutches for awhile, he needs help getting dressed, and he isn't pain-free. He is willing to work for recovery. We are so incredibly grateful for the improvement he's experienced already.