I'm 23 years old. Got hurt at work way back in August-ish (2009), but ignored it for a few days because I thought it was a pulled muscle, finally decided to get it looked at because people at work were telling me it could be something serious. I was told I couldn't get workmans comp. because I waited too long to file.. So I was living off of vicodin and any other pain reliever I could get my hands on because I don't have insurance. The pain kept getting worse, and started shooting down my right leg. Eventually I couldn't drive with my right leg and had to switch to my left leg. The pain would get so bad, it'd bring me to tears. I couldn't sleep without a heat pac. In January (2010) it got so bad that my right leg just stopped working. It hurt so badly I just couldn't move it. My boyfriend made me go to the ER telling me that we'd find a way to pay the bill but I was going, even if I said no. Er Doc told me I had lower back strain, gave me some vicodin and sent me home with restrictions.. Next day I went to work and handed in my restrictions and suddenly they decided I was allowed to file for workmans comp. They sent me to a doctor, who at first said I had sacro illiac dysfunction. He gave me naprosen and told me to go easy on it. Pain got worse, and he sent me to a physical therapist, which did nothing and the pain got worse eventually he handed me off to a chiropractor because he didn't know what else to do with me. The chiropractor took to cracking, *ahem* I mean adjusting me 4 times a week but the pain got worse. So bad it would double me over and i'd just be in limbo over what to do. In hysterics because I didn't know what to do to ease the pain. Any movement I made, made it worse. He sent me in for an MRI, which came back saying protruding disc between L4-L5 I believe.. the begining of arthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease. He also said my sciatic nerve is more than likely pinched in there too. He started me up on Spinal Decompression which is the most painful thing i've ever done, though a few hours after a visit the pain ceases a little bit and I can move around some. The only relief I feel is when i'm laying on the floor on my stomach with my right leg propped out to the side. I'm in an intolerable amount of pain and have been for many months. There has been times where i'd be in the drs. office screaming and crying for them to just take my leg off, because i'd rather have no leg than feel the pain i'm feeling. They say it's nerve pain, and I agree. Tingles/numbness shooting pains.. The whole shebang. The doctor refuses to give me pain meds, because he thinks i'm too young and will get addicted. I was pulled off work for a month because I literally can't walk, and i've gotten a little better. I still can't drive, but i can move around a little bit. I convinced my doctor to let me go back to work on a restricted schedule... I only did it because my job refused to pay me while i was off on Leave of Absence. I live alone in my own apt. Nobody here to help me with food/bills/rent. I had no choice.
anybody heard or experienced anything like this before? Will i ever get my life back? I'm going on 8 months of this pain. I can't do this anymore. What can I do to ease the pain? I take b-12, i was told it helps with nerves. I take my naprosen for inflamation, and i take walmart generic rapid release pain relivers. I also have ice packs and Biofreeze. I'm still in constant pain. I can barely take care of myself. For awhile there, I couldn't do anything.. Couldn't bathe myself, cook my meals...anything.