Not sure where I should have put this but here goes:
I'm in the Air Force and while I was deployed in late 2006, on my way home actually, I injured my back picking up an extremely heavy duffel bag. I sought medical care immediately after I felt pain and long story short, over the past 2 years at 2 different bases, I've been to physical therapy twice, been given foot inserts ( I also have right foot numbness while running or walking fast), given X-rays, and finally after 22 months, given a MRI that showed I have herniated discs at L4-L5 and L5-S1 and hypertrophic facet joints.
With this I was sent off base to a pain management doc who gave me a total of 2 epidural injections and a nerve block on my left side. He wanted to burn my nerve and I told him no way since he wanted to do it like that moment without letting me think of all my options. I told the people on base that I wanted a second opinion and I recently saw a neurosurgeon who told me I had three options:
1. Live with the pain (no way)
2. Fusion (no way, I can barely touch my toes now)
3. Shave off part of the affected disc (my pain is centralized so it's not an easy fix) to alleviate pressure off my nerve. Only downside is that it's 50/50 chance it will even minimize the pain let alone affect it at all.
He gave me Lortab APAP 10/500 and Skelaxin 800mg. From my only experience with the Lortab, I think I'll be skipping that. Made me feel like I had morning sickness and carrying septuplets. I feel like I'm going to be a crippled mess the rest of my life. I'm 23 with a 3 year old and hoping to give him a sibling or two someday with my wonderful husband who also is in the Air Force and puts up with all my crap most of the time. I feel I'm too young for fusion and there's too many risks of messing up the other discs chasing after my son. I've been asking my friends and some other health professionals and they all say avoid going under the knife. My parents just want to make sure I get disability from the military. I am about 50 lbs heavier than I'd like to be since I can't do much of anything for exercise and my diet is slowly getting better.
So....there's gotta be another way, right? Maybe all I need is to lose the weight that's putting pressure on my frame? I've got so many problems I doubt I've listed them all, it's late and I have to get my uniform ready for tomorrow. Sorry for the long read but any and all advice is greatly appreciated.