I am 22 years old and was diagnosed with multiple disc bulges but primarily a broad based disc bulge at L5/S1 with nerve root compression 1 month and a half ago. I went to see a doctor and was taking pain killers (Ibuprofen then Voltaren) and seeing a PT twice a week. It was going well and the pain was decreasing and I was able to do most things. I still wasn't lifting weights or training hard.
All of a sudden, 5 days ago my sciatica started getting unbearably painful to the point where I could not sit down and walking was painful. I had an MRI and it says I only have the disc bulge at L5/S1 now and still have nerve root compression. I didn't change anything for it to become worse, which is confusing me. I am waiting to see a specialist now but I have to wait for the appointment.
Since 5 days ago, I have been waking up in my sleep because of the pain. I can't sit down because the pain becomes unbearable and walking is incredibly uncomfortable. I have been in bed all week and it sucks.
Does anyone know what I can do to help relieve the pain and improve the healing process? I am on stronger NSAIDs now and I have 2 hot water baths a day, heat pack every couple of hours.
Any help is appreciated. This pain is debilitating and is killing my life.