Hello everyone. I found this site while surfing the web on young adults with sciatica. I am hoping that this forum and you all will help me through a very difficult time in my life. I am looking for some wisdon, advice, helpful stories, or just about anything to help me through this. This injury is slowly taking over my life and I can feel myself falling into depression. I've had mood swings, getting upset out of now where, and even found myself laying on the floor crying a few times. I havent cried since I was a kid, I'm not ashamed of it, but it just proves that my mind is spinning out of control.
I am 26 years old and have been battling with extreme sciatica for close to 2 years. I played alot of sports and weight lifted since a young age which took its toll on my back. One morning after bartending my left leg went numb. After getting an MRI and found out that I had herniated 2 discs in my lower back which are pinching my sciatic nerve. I've been in pain ever since.
All of you know from experience, doctors all give you the same speech and same story. "Everyone is different" - "Every body reacts differently" -- I have tried everything except surgery. Pills (everything from pain killers to Lyrica), PT, Acupunture, heat/ice, yoga, stretching, massages, spine specialists, pain management doctors... the list goes on. I am scheduled to get an epidural in March and hoping that relieves some of the pain. I've held off on epidurals and surgery hoping that I could beat this without having to touch my spine. I'm scared of something going wrong, I'm assuming you all are too or were before you got surgery.
I am very grateful to have all of you support. After reading some of the topics and forums it seems this is a great community to express how I am feeling. I am not here to complain or whine about my life. Just hoping to here some stories about people that have beat this, that have got better, and are no longer in pain. I need some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Even if its a funny story or a joke. I could use a pick me up....
Thank you all in advance,