My name is Ieva ( with a capital "i" and NOT an "L") or Eve . I am a 22 year-old student and live in Latvia.
September last year ( 2014) I started getting severe backpain but I was diagnosed in February of 2015 with a 7mm L5-S1 herniated disc. I don't know how I got it, but apparenty it's there. The herniation was discovered in a CAT scan.
Ultimately the level of pain changes - some days I don't feel anything, some days I have agonising pain with every smallest movement. For a while I also had that tingling/stiff feeling in my legs ( as if there was a cramp in both my legs in all their length. you know what I mean). Then at one point it disappeared and things got better, but you never know when you might wake up with that feeling again.
I've visited a surgeon who told me there is no reason for a surgery, had some tests done to see if there is no infection in that area, went to a physical therapist who showed me a few exercises to keep the pain away.
About medication, I only take painkillers when I can't stand it anymore. That is usually once every 2 months or whenever I 've been doing something I shouldn 't do ( like bending over too much, carrying groceries from the store, etc.)
My doctors have forbidden me to do anything really - I am not allowed to bend over, lift anything heavier than 2kg (4.5 lbs) , go ice-skating, ride a bike, run, jump, sit for long, stand for long, wear high heeled shoes, I have to wear a corset. I am going to the pool to swim 2 times every week so it helps a bit.
At the end of the day I'm a confused university student with her whole life ahead of her but who isn 't allowed to/is incapable of doing anything remotely active. I love travelling, riding horses, ice skating....but I am afraid that I will never be able to do that. And I'm afraid to live the rest of my life like this because me or my faily don 't have enough money for a surgery and I've put that off as a last-ditch effort if worse comes to worse. I just want to be able to live and travel like a normal person.
Thanks for reading all that! Hope I can learn a lot from you all and that things will get better for me and you