I'm new! So bear with me as I update you all
I am 25 and was diagnosed with 3 herniated discs 21 months ago (L4-S2). I was hospitalized for urine retention and they did a bunch of tests (MRI, CT, blood etc) and decided I DO NOT have cauda equina. We have been trying conservative therapy since then, including massage, chrio, accupunture, hot tub, stretching 3 times a day, good diet, but nothing is working. I'm now to the point that I have totally lost the ability to urinate on my own and have to cath myself.
My family doctor has referred me to every neurosurgeon under the sun and everyone of them declines my case because "I'm too young to operate on" or "Its not a surgical case.. continue conservative therapy". We've been thru eevry drug under the sun and nothing works. The Oxycotin takes thye edge off but doesn't tak the pain away ANd I feel like a zombie whenI take it. I have a 3 year old daughter that I can play with or bend down to hug. I have no quality of life what so ever.
I have been hospitalized 4 times since the original episode for various things like a foot drop and complete loss of function of my right leg, but STILL no one will fix me.
I'm at the end of my rope and don't know what to do anymore.... I'm a pretty happy person but the thought are now getting dark and scary