Hey everyone. I have recently started to frequently read a lot about sciatica issues and herniated Lumbar discs on this site due to a recent injury. I am a 25 year old Male, 6-1, and very obese. I have had back pain since I was about 20, but it was never so bad that some pain medication couldn't take the edge off. I have been unemployed and very sedentary for some years due to pure laziness, but before that I used to work in an appliance store doing a lot of heavy lifting and never with a brace. My back always hurt then, but never with sciatica issues until about 9 months ago. I had very mild sciatica that I thought was being caused by a bed that was too firm. Now, 5 days ago I woke up with massive right leg convulsions and huge pain. I luckily had a doctor appointment the next day but I couldn't drive to it because sitting was so painful. I rescheduled from my Friday appointment to a Monday appointment. On Sunday I began to have total leg numbness in my right leg that began to spread to the under side of my genitals. I went to the ER but they could only perform a Cat Scan because they don't do MRI's on Weekends. They said that the ER that I indeed have "multiple ruptured discs" but he did not tell me where (outside of it being Lumbar) or exactly how many. He told me to get an MRI as quickly as possible. I am now in the process of trying to figure out how to get an MRI as the places I have looked into outside my ER want a $1,200 Co-pay that I cannot afford. I have contacted a spine specialist that is known to be quite good and am waiting for him to call me back about what he thinks of the CT.
So basically this is where I am now. The pain is really intense. I have not slept longer than 2 hours a night for a week now. Even with Valium (which I hate) prescribed by my doctor. If I fall asleep on my back I wake up with leg convulsions in my whole right leg and left thigh. I have great numbness in my right leg, loss of strength and motion and I am really worried about permanent damage becoming an issue. My biggest concern is that I turn 26 this November and my insurance is provided through my mother. I am terrified that if I don't get this resolved by then that I am going to be in huge trouble.
Now, I know I am getting ahead of myself as I have not even met my Spine doctor in person yet and I have not done any Physical therapy. I am doing what I can to start losing weight. I have been trying to walk and do stretches so long as I do not aggravate the pain. My main reasoning for the fact that I believe surgery is going to be necessary is just how bad the numbness is and the pain is a solid 8-9/10 when the pain killers wear off. I am really concerned with the fact that I am a heavy person that the surgery could fail and I am honestly pretty scared and anxious. I have been having massive anxiety issues that I am hoping the kind members here can alleviate.
Any advice from people that have been through this will be really appreciated. I am so hopeful that I can get this resolved before my insurance goes away and without any permanent damage.