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new to this need some positive support!

I am 33 yr old stay at home mum. I have a bulging disk causing extreme nerve pain down my whole left leg and foot. I cannot put any weight on my left foot at all. At one point I couldn't do anything but lay down. 5 days ago I got a steroid injection. I feel alittle better am able to sit up and stand up for about 10-15 mins at a time. I can use the bathroom on my own but still need help showering. I cannot get in a bath yet.
I just want it all to go away now. Its all making me feel so low and I'm finding it hard to stay positive.
The steroid injection hurt me a lot. They said it was due to all my swelling but I'm scared to get the second one even though I know i may need it. I do not want to be lying on my back like this taking months and months to heal. How long does it even take for a bulging disk to heal anyway? Are there any vitimins that help the heal process go faster. I was told that basically the body absorbes the bulging disk over time.
Will getting surgery to take the bulging bit away be fast?

I just don't know what to do. All my family live across the ocean in Britain and my husband is not close to his and doesn't have all this time off work to take for me to get better.
I just need some support , to know others know how this feels,

Thanks
Sereena
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,899
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  • Andrea8888AAndrea8888 Posts: 2
    edited 09/15/2013 - 1:37 PM
    I know how you feel! I am new here also. I am also 33 and just had my first baby 10 weeks ago. I am in severe pain as well and just want it to go away. I have problems with four of my discs, but only severe hernia toons at two levels with severe stenosis at three levels. I have been told that surgery is probably the only thing that will help alleviate the pain since medicines, physical therapy, and steroid injections have failed to relieve the pain. I am so scared about having surgery. I am meeting with a surgeon in a few days. Good luck with everything. This is a scary thing to deal with.
  • I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
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    - Detailed medical libraries of Articles and Videos that address almost every Spinal Conditions and Treatment

    - The Wellness section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.

    - Under the Resource tab, there is a section Doctor Advice Health Center which can be invaluable.

    - As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here is where you can meet thousands of other people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family who provide comfort and the advantages of a Support System. You are now part of this family that is approximately 20,600 International members and growing daily.

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    - As a new member, it is helpful to understand the 'makeup' of these forums, how to make posts, tips on adding images and much more. You should read Forum FAQ

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  • RennersChickRRennersChick Posts: 228
    edited 09/18/2013 - 7:37 PM
    The steroid injection will help the nerve mostly. The steroids help with inflammation and what not. I had a round of 3 in 3 months, then pt and finally surgery. Has your doctor talked to you about PT? stretching? surgery? Have you spoken with a Neurosurgeon?
    36 yr old with one degenerative disc (L5-S1)
    3 rounds of Epidurals in 2013
    6 PT visits in 2013
    Microdiscectomy L5 S1 on 9/5/2013.
    Re-herniated in January 2014.
    Epidural on 3/3/14.
    A/PLIF (L5-S1) 6/3/14
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