I've had sciatica for a year now. It has been getting progressively worse since December. I now cannot leave the house expect for treatment. I have surgery booked for 24 Feb. I am just so depressed and anxious. I've started having panic attacks and other physical stress related symptoms. I just want my life back.
Luckily I have a very loving husband who is so supportive and doing everything around the house. I would be loss without him. But I can see the stress affecting him as well.
I feel ya. I've had CRPS for almost three years now and it has gone from just affecting my right leg to my whole body, especially my back. I've had to come home and live with my parents because I can't do my own grocery shopping and driving to my doctor appointments.
They are great at helping me but I see it affects them a lot watching me be in pain every day that they can't help me with.
It's hard to be helpless watching someone you love go through so much. I wish all the pain in the world would just stop!
I read you post and I could so relate to you but without the degree of pain you are in because I know the sciatica is an annoying and extremely painful problem. I am so sorry you have to deal with this. The part that I could relate to was the panic attacks and not leaving home. I had an accident that kept me at home and then I started when people were not around me are when we left the house, I would develop panic attacks. It was because I was scared something would happen. I would have trouble breathing from time to time. My heart would race other times. So that is why I would get scared if people were not around. I felt so selfish. I know this is not you. Just sharing.
But there is this book by a very good psychologist. His name is Dr. Burns. The book is called "When Panic Attacks". But it He also has an exceptional book that has helped many people called the "Feeling Good Handbook". This book has sold of two million copies. That is how good it is. It works that well with depression. Not the workbook. But the handbook. I am not telling you about some crazy book by some nut job out there. This is by a reputable doctor. Just in case this is of interest to you.
I hope you can get the help you need with your sciatica. I was wondering if a TENS unit would help or make it worse. Have you tried that? I am sure you have. Well my best wishes to you
SciaticaOz, I've had sciatica for 20+ years, on & off, following auto accidents. I've had neck disc fusions, but not the thoracic or lumbar. I have major SI joint dysfunction that flares my sciatica. Between 2012-2014 I had ESI's that brought great sciatica relief. But last year it started flaring up again. I'm hoping to get back in with the pain clinic soon. I hope and pray you will get great relief from your surgery!
I've had the panic attacks too, following a major nervous breakdown in 1989. I've learned to control them most of the time over the years. But at first, I was terrified to leave home. Learning to identify what triggers the attacks was very helpful. And learning relaxation methods I could use in public helped deal with it. I took use anxiety medicine too, Tranxene. Do you know what triggers yours? What relaxation methods do you use? I do slow, deep breathing, listen to relaxing music, go to a quiet dark room, imagine myself on a warm sandy beach or mountain top view, etc. I try to avoid stressful situations as much as possible too. It's good your husband is supportive. Try to get him to take a day away for fun, so he can relax. He doesn't have to go for the whole day, just have a getaway. My hubby goes about 2-3 days a month, to separate getaway hours. It helps him destress and me too. When he gets grumpy I get grumpy, and vice versa. Lol. Sending you hugs, love, & prayers, as you face your surgery! We are here for you.
Profiler, thanks for the names of the books. I'm going to put them on my to read list. Hugs, love & prayers for you & your family! 🙂🙏💕🌼