Back on October 25th, I herniated my L5-S1 while riding my bike. The sciatic pain was horrible only a few days later, after the feeling of my back being completely snapped in half went away. A month or two later, I got an epidural injection, which was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. The injection helped a little but I refuse to settle for living with any unnecessary pain at all. I was still having burning sensations on the side of my knee and ankle.
I was scheduled for surgery February 2nd and it was a "success" according to the surgeon. I only felt pain while switching positions in bed for a few days, until the steroids wore off. I've been having pain every day since then. I've been through 3 medrol packs, neurontin, and too much vicodin. I use ice almost every day and haven't lifted anything heavy since the operation.
I requested a MRI a month ago to take to the surgeon for my follow-up appt. He said there is a slight bulge, but nothing nearly as bad as my first herniation. That was 3 weeks ago and I feel the pain has gotten slightly worse than before.
I've been trying to ignore the fact that I can't ride my bike (my main hobby), work on my car, drive my car on most days( I drive a manual transmission), but I can't anymore. I'm dying from depression and hopelessness. I've hearda lot of success stories, but even more horror stories from this surgery or "situation"
I don't really know what the point of this thread is, other than me venting and being a baby....but comment or ask as many questions as you'd like.
I am a male who just turned 22, if that matters.