Hi I'm new to this forum so bear with me. Basically I joined to try and get some advice and support from other people in my condition. I am 28 and up until recently was a very active person involved in football, walking and basically keeping fit. I've always had lower back pain. Doctors put it down to muscular weakness. In January 2011 I was walking down the corridor to my work and suddenly there was a surreal pain shooting from my lower back down my left side to my foot. I thought I was going to pass out. Gradually my leg seemed to bend into itself. My posture became awful bent over to one side. I had an xray came back clear. Doctors convinved it to do with a hip which was dislocated when born. Then had MRI scan in mid Feb. Between times pain that bad my doc put me on these patches 100mg Durogesic. THese did help for 30 mins and I still had to take paramol and anti-inflammatory also. I hated being like this as I never take tablets unless I had to. I recently go married and my quality of life from Jan - March was awful. I didnt think pain could get so bad. MRI results - disc prolapse/ disc degenerative disease L4 and L5. One is very bad which is hitting a nerve which causes temporary numbness and pins n needles down to my knee sometimes and others to my foot. When I was told this I though my life had ended. Seriously the specialist portrayed a very gloomy future for me. I went home and cried all night even my husband was too... Since then my doc has informed me more. I know it can get better or worser. Doc recommended swimming - I swim 4-5 times a week and the difference is unreal. Pain reduced 70%. However I still need to be careful as I get twinges if I over do it walking etc. Had two physio sessions - doing pilates exercises and Mc Kensie stretches which seem to compliment each other.
My question is - I know nobody can predict the future but will I get better completely? Can I get pregnant shortly or should we wait a year to build myself up? Is this a condition I will have forever?? We are trying to build a house at the minute and we are designing it with my back in mind. Eg tumble dryer and washing machine at eye level. kitchen presses which pull out.
Any advice or stories of people in same position greatly and appreciated. Im still getting my head around it and trying to manage the pain - my patch strength is reducedt o 75mg which is good but I wish I could have it that I didnt have to wear patches or take painkillers. Will that day come? sometimes I feel like an old woman where I should be enjoying newly married life.