I'm so thankful to have found this website, if only to know that I'm not alone.
I have a disc herniation at L5 S1. The pain started about a year ago, but intensified about six months ago and has just gotten progressively worse.
It's excruciating now. I can't sleep. I can't be on my feet at all. Every day tasks are agony. I have three kids and my husband is in the Navy. Last night my husband actually had to be flown off the aircraft carrier because I am in so much pain I can't function.
Emotionally I'm at an all time low. I dread every day. I dread going to sleep because I know I will toss and turn all night. I dread waking up because I know the day will just be like the day before or worse. I just keep saying I can't do this anymore. But I have to.
I've read about several of you saying that you wish you could amputate your leg. I'm so there.
Up til yesterday I was just on Naproxen and Tylenol with Codeine. I went to the ER yesterday and they gave me Hydrocodone and an oral steroid. I have an ESI scheduled for the 15th. I'm afraid it will do nothing or make it worse. Part of me wishes I could just skip to surgery, but I know your mileage may vary there too.