I'm here because my boyfriend recommended this site to me. I guess he has been looking for something inspirational for me since I've been depressed about my situation lately.
I'm only 26 years old, I just graduated from collage and I was so eager and ready to start my career in graphic design. My boyfriend even got me a beautiful aluminum portfolio case to carry my work in when I go around showing off my work in interviews.
The day after the last day of classes, my back went out. That was on May 7. At first I didn't think it was that serious, but the numbness in my left foot and piercing pain in my left calf made me concerned. After several doctor's visits, a MRI and many occurances where I keep thinking I am getting better, only to have another flare up and get worse again my doctor came to this conclusion:
L4/L5 Disc large bulge on left side, torn and the matter inside the disc is spilling out onto the sciatic nerve which is causing me intense left lag pain.
After reading some people's stories, I guess its not that bad.
I can't really walk without feeling like my toes and calf are on fire and mainly, I just feel that my life is passing me by. I know its only been over a month now, but my doctor says that it may talk up to 4 months before I feel normal and it will be a lifetime of having a weak back that will need constant extra attention.
So I am here because I hope to read that people are able to get over this condition, lead pain-free lives, and be able to share what I'm going through with others who might understand. When I talk to friends who have never had a back injury before, it seems hard for them to know that I am going through pain since they can't really see a visible