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26 years old and don't want to live the rest of my life in pain

mjm978mmjm978 Posts: 2
edited 09/21/2014 - 10:32 AM in Chronic Pain
When I was 22 I started experiencing pain in my right leg and was diagnosed with sciatica caused by a herniation in my L4-5 and L5-s1. I knew from research it was sciatica before my first mri and was seeing a chiropractor regularly. After 2 months,
3 times a week ($45 per visit) I noticed my right foot was beginning to become numb and the pain was unbearable. The chiropractor said and was normal and he would still be able to treat me, I Disagreed. I wasn't sleeping, I was walking with more then a limp, I couldn't exercise, and had now had no social life. No pain medicine could even touch the pain I was in. I finally got hooked up with a spine specialist who gave me an epidural/steroid in both discs. I had shots twice but the pain was even more excruciating then before . They recommended surgery and I approved. I had both disc herniation's snipped. In recovery my pain from surgery wasn't pretty but my sciatica pain was reduced with in a week and only got better as time went on. I went to PT and had a good solid year of living with no pain. Soon after I noticed some soreness in my back (no sciatica)and returned to the spine doctor. They did an mri and said it could be a tiny amount of scar tissue and an injection would help it out. It worked but only for a short time. Now within the last year my back has been extremely sensitive weather I lift heavy items at work, sit to long, Or move the wrong way. I have spent $80 a session on Physical therapy had 4 injections on each disc and was prescribed muscle relaxers Last week when i had a huge back spasm/flare up. Im 26 years old I walk like im 90 and this is now ruining my life. I cant preform work duties, I cant exercise, and am becoming lazy. I have given up on my back doctor and have noticed that no matter how much Physical therapy i pay for the results are not there. I am desperate for some sort of relief other then injections surgery or expensive holistic exercises. (I live in Massachusetts)
You might see this posting in other places, I'm desperate and just looking for help.


  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 09/21/2014 - 11:09 AM
    or reherniated the ones previously. The problem is that once you have damage to a disc or other structure in the spine, resuming activities , especially ones such as heavy lifting that may put your spine at risk for further problems. Modifications and even changes in jobs are necessary in some situations in order to make sure that you continue to protect your spine.
    Not excercising, stretching or keeping up with strengthening post op, is usually detrimental to your spine....core strengthening excercises, proper lifting techniques, etc go along way in protecting your spine.
    I would suggest that you return to the surgeon or a new one and let him examine you to see what may be the cause of the ongoing pain you are having.
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