Hi Kathy and Fed,
I address to both of you because there are points of interest in Feds reply.
First to Kathy.........my wife did care in the community (mobile care). She gave this up in favour of working in a residential care home. There is too much unpaid time travelling from one client to another and with the extortionate price of petrol these days, the mileage allowance hardly covered the expense of running a car. If you get a carer from a firm like the one she worked for, it is expensive. They have to cover office staff and other overheads. Payment is means tested. You may be able to get assistance depending on savings.
They tell you to save then try to take it all back. Seems unfair to me.
However if you look around some people do this sort of work privately. It is cheaper and if you get experienced carers, who have decided to go it alone, you tend to get a cheaper and very good service (dependant on carer obviously). If you go down this route check out references with existing clients first.
I keep telling this to poeple....contact age concern for help. They are very good in our area. I won't go into Social Services because my experiences (not personal issues) left me shaking my head and wondering. No doubt some do a good job. Maybe I had to deal with the wrong ones, or their work load was far to great to be efficient.
Sciatica can go away by itself. Mine hasn't (if it is in fact sciatica). Like you I can't stand to wash up or do anything manual for more than about ten minutes, without having to sit down. To put it mildly it is agony. The relief when I sit down is like heaven.
We are all different so this is not likely to be your condition. I think mine is aggravated by too much hard work in the past.
In my case it is pain management. I was also advised to loose weight, which I did to no avail. They also gave me exercises, which made matters worse. So what do I do?........I struggle. I take pain killers sparingly and try not to abuse them.
Scans are useful, unfortunately they don't show everything. A chiropractor once told me I had soft tissue damage. CT scans do not show muscles or ligaments clearly so I'm told.
My PD makes me walk funny due to left leg being affected. I wonder if my gait affects my back pain. I would think it probably does.
Hopefully you will get a positive result.
I have a friend who is going to go to a pain clinic. I am waiting to see what results that yields.
Fed.... I was interested to see your comments on Duodopa. I had not heard of this. I get a lot of joint pain.
I also wonder about the future. This is good news. I looked it up on the net thanks to your comments.
I was only recently diagnosed, so as far as PD goes I'm a novice. It is now obvious I have had it for a long time but all sorts of other issues masked it. Since diagnosis so much is falling into place.
News of things like Duodopa are very helpful