So to start, hello everyone. Brand new to the site as of maybe 15 minutes ago. Here's my situation. Back in probably April 2011, I injured my back while working out, herniated disc at L5-S1. All of my pain comes in the form of sciatica (don't know if that's the case for everyone). I tried really hard for about a year to let it heal on its own. In May 2012 I gave in and got an ESI. I continued to feel pain off and on, but it was brought down to a manageable level. About a month ago, I seriously messed my back up helping my parents move. On July 1st I got my second ESI. On the first couple days, things seemed to be getting better. Over the last week to 10 days my lower back has become progressively more stiff, the pain continues as though I never got the shot, and I've had recurring headaches. Honestly I can't remember my first ESI very well but it's my understanding that relief should start 2-3 days after the shot and come into full effect by 2-3 weeks. Is what I'm experiencing normal or should I be worried? What can I do to accelerate my healing? I know I'm being pretty irrational when I say this, but the fact that I'm only 24 and that every nurse/doctor that has seen me tells me that I'm way too young for this really makes me feel pretty hopeless.
Thank you in advance for the advice