Hi all! It is so nice to stumble upon a place where there are people who are not strangers to the pain I feel. I am a 24 year old 2nd year science teacher to middle school students. I have had a herniated L4/L5 disc for the past 4 years. It had previously only been affecting my sciatic nerve down my right leg, and I have been in and out of physical therapy 5 times since my first MRI. I have tried all different ways to strengthen my core to prevent another lapse, however three weeks ago I woke up and could not find the strength to roll over let alone get out of bed. A few days later, I had another MRI only to find out that I have degenerative disc disease and that my herniation had become centralized to the point that I scheduled surgery three days after reading my MRI results.
This past Thursday I had a lumbar microdiscectomy and woke up from the surgery feeling some relief from the nerve. However, I am in such intense pain from the incision and the surrounding muscles, its hard to believe that this surgery will ever bring light at the end of the tunnel. I hope to be able to find comradely on this forum and to be able to learn from your experiences!