Hi! I am Nick and I am 22 years old. I'm new here but unfortunately not so new to pain. Starting back in 2011 I began feeling pain in my back occasionally at work, it became more frequent and progressed lower and lower until about 8 months ago when it moved into my foot and the pain was there every move my body made.
Around June of this year, the pain became unbearable to where I could no longer work, no longer live any sort of lifestyle, just stand or lay down. After a misdiagnosis from a physical therapist, a lack of diagnosis by a poor othopedic specialist, I was finally correctly diagnosed by another specialist. The diagnosis was a severely herniated disc at my L5/S1 level (left side). I met with a wonderful surgeon in the beginning of September and scheduled my surgery.
I had surgery on Oct 8. Everything went well. I stayed the night in the hospital and was up walking around that same night and going to the bathroom on my own. I forgot that I could feel that good!
Well, I was released and everything was going well until day 4 post. I was laying in bed, on my back as directed, and had to cough. I did so twice and instantly became worried. The pain that I used to experience whenever I coughed, sneezed, or laughed was back. Since then I have been in the same type of pain I was in before. It is not as severe and I do not get the pain when I stand up or sit down like I used to.. I'm severely anxious about the pain and discouraged that it is back to how it was before. I called my doctor and he said that it could be just inflammation of the nerve and not the disc and he would see me next friday for my 2 week(+2 day) check up. I'm taking Aleve for the pain but that doesn't seem to be helping at all. I am going to try switching to more Advil each day instead of Aleve twice a day to help in case it really is just inflammation.
Has anyone had it where an action caused the pain to come back for days? If so, was it due to inflammation or was it a more serious issue?