I'm a 23 year old male.
In March of 2013 I was working for an extended period of time and when I was finished I bent to pick up a screwdriver and I felt like I got knifed. The pain was immediate and noticeably worse woth weight on my right leg.
I saw a pain doctor who my GP referred me to. The first ESI steroid injection got me walking again. But I had minimal pain relief. I was prescribed 3 10mg vicoproferen and 900 mg gabapentin a day. I was still in severe pain and within a month I was given a second ESI. The results weren't noticeable. I was referred to a surgeon in May of 2013.
I got MRIs and xrays of my spine. The surgeon informed me that I had a herniated disc at L4/L5. He said he could do a diskectomy but he felt there was more that a pain doctor could do to help me, and the disc would likely repair itself within a year.
I returned to my pain doctor who refused any further treatment in September 2013. I found a new pain doctor Jan 2014. This "pain doctor" wouldn't continue my medications that the previous doctor had me on. He said he didn't prescibe narcotics and increased my gabapentin to 1200mg a day. I was in extreme pain. My GP prescribed me a small amount of hydrocodone to help me get by.
This pain doctor gave me 1 epidural injection, which only helped for about a week. I was in extreme pain and his office did not return my phone calls over a period of 4 days so I fired him. March 2014.
I saw my neurosurgeon again April 2014 with new MRIs and xrays. He said the disc healed and was no longer herniated. He said I have the early stage of black disc disease at L4/L5 and L5/S1 and that there was no surgery that would successfully help my pain.
I'm currently trying to find a pain doctor who will try an electronic stimulator or a pump, by the advice of my surgeon.
I'm dealing with all of this with a girlfriend who is totally unsupportive and feels like I'm faking my pain or I should be able to just tough it out.
I'm in severe lower back pain with pain down the inside of my right leg. I am only ever really comfortable laying down.
I want my life back. Any advice, PLEASE help me.