Hello. So here is the deal. I am eighteen years old and trying to cope with the fact that I may need back surgery. I have two herniated disks in my thoracic spine, and a pinched nerve that is causing me a great deal of pain. I've know about this for about a year and have sought the help of a pain management specialist, acupuncturist, chiropractor, anything under the sun. My doctors do not want me to put me on any high dosage pain medicine because I am so young but that is forcing me to take 5-12 ibuprofen a day and sleep aids at night which I know is not healthy. The pain has gotten so bad that I cannot do the things normal college kids should be doing. Instead of going out to dinner I am walking a mile to get to my chiropractor, instead of going out to party on weekends I am lying in bed with ice on my back trying not to break down. It is slowly controlling my life and I am running out of options.
For those of you who have had the surgery would you recommend it? What can I expect from it? In your opinion will I need to take a semester off of school? Any advice or suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advanced!