Hello one and all, I am brand new to this site and I am hoping that i can find hope, comfort, or advice by being a member here. I don't have a computer so I am doing all this on my PDA phone so please excuse me if I can not move around to certain areas for advice or help.
About my condition, on my way to work i was walking down my stairs trying to put on my coat, so my arms were caught and they could offer no help, i slipped on some ice and I fell down the stairs, my back struck every stair that i know of from where i originaly stood, which i believe was about 10. I went to the hospital and they said my back had a contusion, gave me Loratab5 I believe, and flexeril. The next day the pain had worsened so I returned and they said I had a Lumbosacrial* ( not sure if i spelled that right) strain and that i should stay out of work for 4 days. Then they gave me a steroid pack. At the end of that period, I returned to a different doctor out of pain meds and at this point my leg had started aching. They changed my meds to vicoprofen7.5 and some kind of muscle relaxer that included ibuprofen. They told me to seek a family type doctor. I finally got to see the back doctor the same day i was to run out of my pain meds, he immediatly sent me for an MRI. I asked him to give me a prescription for pain meds, but i feel he just thought i was a junkie at the time so he told me to just run out of my current script till our next appointment ( 5 days later). After the MRI i hate to admit it but i purchased LORATAB 10 and was taking them 3 at the time to barely take the edge off. I did this probly 3 times a day. The pain at this point is all the way to my toes, my left foot tingles like needles are pricking them and my left inner thigh throbs to the point that the slightest touch brings tears to my eyes. I feel I am a pretty tough individual and this is the concurrent pain with the constant radianting pain in my lower back. My next visit with the doctor he tells me that I have 2 discs that are herneated at what I believe is L4-5 L5-S1, the bottom 2 vertebrate on my back and he says thaton a scale of 10, 0 being normal 10 being immediaite surgery required both were at an 8. He administered a cortisone shot and it didn't even wink at it. He gave me a perscription of Loratab 10 and to take no more than 1 at a time 3 times a day. I have followed these instructions, but the pain is so severe I don't know what to do. I don't want to OD, but I am in constant pain. He told me that surgery was most likely imminent, but I'm only 24 years old. Please give me advice. I can't sleep,(which is why I'm writing this at 2:45 AM) and I hate being awake. I'm a welder and I have a family to support so I need this to be through with quickly so I can support my family. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks for your time, and have a nice day.