Hi all, just joined up, looking for people to talk to with similar/same problem as me. It started out I was a little kid n the thing I feared most was growing old and having a bad back!!! I was only 19 and was in a car accident, Ct scans revealed problems, spinal stenosis and riddled with osteoarthritis from tailbone to neck. I recovered reasonably well I think as I can still walk unlike some unfortunate others I know. Started with lots of physio basically learning to walk all over again. Months and months went by and it seemed like I was getting nowhere.. on average 3 - 4 hospital visits a week. Before my accident I worked every day on a pig farm from the age of 14, loved every minute of it!!! I haven't been able to work a proper job since the accident!! 1yr passed by me and I hit a huge speedbump... depression and anxiety hit me like a brick to the face. Not wanting to bother about getting out of bed in the mornings as I always wake up stiff as an old man, I can assure you sleeping with the fan on all night in summer was my first mistake!! Eventually the sciatica settled down alot after continuous physio and an arm long list of meds... 2yrs 3months have past and I still haven't been able to get a job, it's like as soon as they see I have spinal injury they throw my resume in the bin!! 6 months ago I SERIOUSLY thought long and hard about suicide, weeks went by and I didn't even leave the house, I felt that "there was no point". I still suffer every day, the worst part I can't seem to manage is the depression and anxiety!! I'm still taking cortisone twice a day (would be 3 but if I take one at night I don't sleep, AT ALL) ontop of that any pain relief that I may need... so that's my breakfast a handful of tablets and a cup of coffee!!!
is anyone suffering from sciatica that is my age??? If so how do you manage with the depression and anxiety??? How I have kept my head up for this long is a mystery!! Help!!