Hello. About two years ago I was sitting in a chair at work, working, when I started feeling a pain in my groin. I couldn't figure it out, but it was like someone was stepping on my with their heel.
For 3 months I put up with this excruciating pain until I finally went to a doctor who, at first, thought I had a hernia, but after many scans decided I had a herniated disc. It wasn't until I switched out chairs in my office space that the groin pain disappeared (thankfully), but the pain in my right butt cheek immediately began. I've been dealing with that ever since.
About a year ago, I went to a physical therapist who showed me exercises to do to strengthen my back, but I was lazy and quickly stopped doing them. For the past year I've been sitting at my computer unemployed with terrible posture, biting through the pain.
A couple of days ago I started to get similar butt cheek pain in my left side -- prompting me to begin wondering if I had herniated a disc on my left side now as well. This got me thinking about my nerve again, and so I started doing some of the exercises the PT showed me, and also started researching pinched nerve again and only NOW started noticing people saying that if your nerve remains pinched for too long, you can have permanent damage.
I wish someone had told me that EARLIER.
My question is, how long does that have to be before permanent damage happens? Is the fact that I've been ignoring this pinched nerve for 2 years caused it to become permanent? Is the fact that I sat on it without change for 3 months caused it to be permanent? I'm fast approaching 26 years old. Permanent nerve damage would be ... unfortunate, to say the least.