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CaLigirl29CCaLigirl29 Posts: 1
edited 08/18/2013 - 3:24 PM in New Member Introductions
Hello my name is Nicole, right now I am having the hardest time in my life. About a month ago I was completely fine and then woke up to horrendous stabbing pain in my butt and hamstring. I originally thought it was a pulled muscle, and so did my doctor. He prescribed muscle relaxers and ibuprofen and it didn't work. I came back and saw him again and he said that I might have herniated a disc and that "90% of those will heal in time" he prescribed me more muscle relaxers and Vicodin. The pain got more intense as days went by, Vicodin didn't touch the pain. I saw a different doctor and he again told me that herniated discs will heal, don't sit too long, lay down when you can, blah blah and prescribed me Percocet. And a round of prednisone. I will say that for 2 days the prednisone worked and I felt fantastic, not 100% but about 75% better, but then the pain returned with a vengeance . And he ordered an MRI. Percocet doesn't touch the pain either. I got my MRI done about 3 weeks ago. I have a herniated disc L5 s1, 13x13x16mm. This is HUGE!! And doctors still think it will heal itself?!?? I went back again because I can't sleep I can't walk more then 10 steps without wincing in pain. He prescribed me gabapentin and now morphine. I am so sick of this, I don't understand this pain, and how it came on so suddenly. My life is literally over right now, I don't go out with friends, I don't go to the store, I don't do ANYTHING, because I am in pain 24/7. My doctors next step is to get me in for a cortisone injection. I was hopeful because of the effect of the prednisone, that I would get enough relief from the cortisone for my body to heal. Well after researching and researching I am SCARED BEYOND BELIEF, I have heard that surgery is the only way to correct this, I'm worried about permanent nerve damage the longer I wait, I'm worried about being on medication for life, im worried thst the gabapentin will make me act stupid like ive heard,I'm worried about the cortisone shot working for a day then fading away, or I'm worried about it making it way worse pain. I just don't know what to do anymore I just want my life back, I cry all the time from not being able to do anything because I am in constant pain, I'm worried about losing friends, becoming depressed and losing my life over this. I used to be so happy and active I am so sick of this and I just want to be me again!!! I want my life back!!! I'm worried that I won't be able to carry a child thru pregnancy, I'm worried I won't be able to ride my quads, or go jet skiing, or horseback riding I'm a very adventurous person!!
::::hoping for happiness again::::


  • Nicole,

    Sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. That really sucks! The doctor/s are doing what they can to try and alleviate this before resulting in surgery which is life changing. Positive thoughts for a quick recovery for you, but sometimes time really is a healer. If you can, if at all possible, try working on your core muscles, strengthening them to help hold you up. Feel free to send me a private message if you want to chat. I am going in for surgery number 3 and I am a very busy 32 year old woman.

    One Love,

  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 08/20/2013 - 10:38 AM
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    Your doctors are correct, most herniations by themselves heal on their own. It can take some time, but they do eventually heal on their own. Unless there is some clinical indication of nerve impingement, surgery is not always necessary.
    He is also correct in telling you that you should walk, stay active, and strengthen your core muscles to protect your spine.
    Rest as needed but do not become inactive.
    There is no reason that your life is over, or that you will need to spend the rest of your life on pain medication.
    Nerve damage only occurs when a herniation is in contact with either the nerve roots or the spinal canal, and if either one of those were the case, you would have been referred to a surgeon right away.
    There is a link in the bottom of my posts that discusses the treatment of pain in patients who have back problems. It might help to calm your fears and explain why there is a process to treating back pain. It explains a lot of the answers to your concerns.
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