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23 yr old with constant sciatic pain, help

abetancuraabetancur Posts: 8
Hello all
I am new to this forum and appreciate all the help/advise i can get. I am 23 years old and on 11/9 was admitted to the hospital because i couldn't move. I wasn't able to move for 31 hrs due to severe back pain. After an MRI i was diagnosed with 3 herniated discs l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-s1. After leaving the hospital i started pt for about 9 sessions which only made me feel worse. I saw an orthopedic spine specialist who started me on a steroid pack medrol. After the 6 days i only felt worse. I developed extreme pain in my lower right buttock and right leg. After going to pain management I got an epidural steroid injection. The following day I had the same extreme pains n no pain meds : vicoden, oxycoden, helped at all. The doctor told me this was normal n could take 5 days to kick in. He told me to take 800mg of advil 4x a day. This NSAID is the only way I'm able to cope. The steroid injection has not helped at all. I can't sit or stand for periods of time i can't get into a car without pain. As soon as I put weight on my right leg it's shooting with pain. As soon as the 6hrs of meds run out he pain is back. I wake up eerynight in the middle of the night for hours in pain unable to sleep. I was on bedrest for about a month. If I try and stretch it makes the pain worse. I don't know what to do. Its been 5 weeks and no relief. Any suggestions?


  • are you seeing a surgeon? are you having any bladder or excretory trouble?
  • Well I'am not a dr but its sound like nerves damage.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.. i am sorry you are in pain and cannot find relief.. have you tried any of the nerve pain medications for the pain in your leg.. there are some good medications for sciatic pain.. please speak to your doctor about this! it may offer you some relief. i use Lyrica and could not live without it!!! please don't give up.. you are on the beginning of a long journey and it is up to you to continue on!!! good luck!! we are always here to listen! Jenny :)
  • Hiya >:D< Welcome to spine health, the site is full of information, also check it out :D My heart goes out to you, i know how sciatic pain feels, and thats what you are descibing. You really need to go and see your doctor, you also need to see a orthopedic surgeon, as soon as possible, get it checked out again. Do you take any others medication? Have you seen a pain management doctor? Have you had any physio? with this kind of pain do not push yourself to hard to do things, and take one day at a time, keep us posted >:D<

    Angie :H
  • I was a little younger than your age, when it started for myself too. I went through all kinds of things to try to fight it, at that time. It was years of rest and slo effort to get moving again.

    Today - is coming up on 3 decades. Keep being curious about it, keept trying, and keep after the Dr's.

    Do take care of yourself. I found a mixture of nsaid's, trycyclics and narcs helped address the pain issues. It did take a lot of time to sort out the ones that worked. I never found it to be a fast fix to this.

    Best regards - David

  • Hello and Welcome to Spine Health!

    I hope that you find some relief for your pain and soon. You probably will need a mix of medications in the beginning to get that initial relief that you need so much. I was wondering if you would look up Cauda Equina Syndrome, CES. You can just google it. The area of your herniations and some of your symptoms are associated with this. There is one site in particular, a CES support site that is very informative. I am not a medical professional, but I am just learning about this as I was recently informed that I have it. When I read your post, I thought of it with many of your symptoms. Many of my own doctors are not familiar with it. I hope that this might help you in some way. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to private message me. Good Luck and God Bless!

    glo :)
  • Don't jump straight to surgery unless you absolutely have to. Get an MRI and find out if the disks are ruptured or bulging. Don't stretch the sciatic nerve, rather decompress the disks. Why people think stretching the sciatic nerve is helpful is beyond me.
  • Centurion45 said:
    Today - is coming up on 3 decades. Keep being curious about it, keept trying, and keep after the Dr's.
    I think this is really good advice. And keep trying to think of it as a part of your life that needs to be dealt with and not as your life entirely. I know how tough that can be when the issues are constant.

    I've had chronic sciatica since I was 20 following a bad fall whilst snowboarding. I'm 26 now and this is the first time that a flare up of pain has not responded to diazepam and pain relief. I'm on my 7th week now and it just feels so frustrating. I'm trying to keep as optimistic as possible and to try and see it as a problem to be addressed and not something that's swallowing up the rest of my life. It's interfered with my life to such an extent that positive thinking can get tough but you've got to stick with it.
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