Hi my name is Andy and I'm 21 years old from the UK.
I suffered from a herniated disc at the beginning of the year were it was 'treated' by a physiotherapist paid for by the NHS.
I say 'treated' because my symptoms settled right down to almost nothing. The main pain I used to get was getting in and out of bed, turning in bed, sitting and standing. These symptoms only persisted for a couple of minutes.
I would like to add; 'treatment' is referred to as it didn't entirely work for me. Nevertheless, I believe they do a good job on other injuries.
I went to see a doctor who referred me for an MRI and to see a neurosurgeon who suggested surgery. I declined as my symptoms had settled down.
A few months went by and my back started to ache slightly at work and when I was sat for a long period of time. I ignored the pain and just took it easy. It got progressively worse until I saw a chiropractor who gave me some exercises and a heat/cold program.
The pain got worse until one day I was at my girlfriends house. I carefully bent down to roll my jeans legs up as the legs were slightly too long for me!
All of a sudden I heard a "POP". I lost sensation in my left leg for a minute, intense pain, cold sweat and feeling faint. I fell back on the bed and laid there for what felt a life time until I regained composure to move.
Sciatica pain throbbed down my left buttock and down my leg. I couldn't sleep, I couldn't lay down in my own bed for over 8 weeks, I couldn't sit for a long time and nor could I cope much longer.
I broke down in tears one day from exhaustion and fear from months of pain. I went to the local A&E and got given Gabapentin which was effective but carried some awful side effects. These consisted of: depression, suicidal, paranoia, mood swings, headaches and aching eyes.
All together I was taking 3 Gabapentin, 12 Codine Phosphates and anti inflammatory.
As a result of constantly 'bugging' the surgeon and his secretary I got a date for an operation on the 18th February. I am very nervous but yet excited to get back to normal. As I was a very active outgoing person.
I want to share my story and give people like me who is going through similar pain or worse to get in contact with me. I would like to give support to people where ever I can.
Sharing feelings and problems is better than keeping it bottled up inside.