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Losing Hope

acropoliz8064aacropoliz8064 Posts: 1
edited 06/19/2015 - 3:38 AM in Depression and Coping
Hey everyone,

First time in a forum... and I figured it was the only way to go really... my boyfriend has undergone a life changing experience when he realized that his constant back pain was due to a bulged disk in his lower back. He was a constantly active, avid dancer, a great goal keeper playing 3-4 times a week fitting in gym time whenever he could.... - now he's obviously stayed away from all those things and does regular stretches and exercises everyday recommended by .. yet he still get sciatica now on both his left and right hand side, legs, sharp pain on his toe..

We were told that after 3 months he was going to be fine, he showed a lot of progress in the beginning and now with pains here and there... he's starting to lose hope and slowly forgetting what it was like to be normal without any pains or thoughts of how to sit, lie down or anything. We've seen physical therapists and other specialist doctors and they say not to worry to live life and whatever happens you can get surgery or the injections... he's in his late 20s so he's young for that and those are two risky operations- we wouldn't like to risk it.

Everyone keeps saying to just wait and see... I was hoping that maybe someone had a similar story or had anything that they would recommend. So I guess I just want to ask, can sciatica go away? are there signs that we should be looking for? How long does it roughly take? What if you're loosing hope? How do you gain it back?

Thanks in advance,

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    You say you've been to specialists.
    Have you been to a pain management specialist?

    If doctors are not rushing into surgery, that can be a good thing.
    There are many conservative treatments for treating pain.

    My primary doctor tried to manage my pain for two years before referring me to pain management.
    That was best thing for me!
    Pain management doctors also do other testing and treatments.

    Has he had a nerve conduction test?
    I had an EMG and it was very revealing for me. It showed areas effected on my spine that I never even gave voice to.

    Pain management doc could assess, guide ( there may be some limitations on activities for how ever long doctor suggests )
    and doctor can reassure any unnecessary fears you and your boyfriend have.

    Re "live life and see what happens".....am not sure I'd be comfortable with that, since PM doctor can help you be comfortable now. Not sure what your doctor means by , later maybe surgery and injections...but there are epidural injections that may be available to your boyfriend now, to help reduce pain.

    As with everything, treatments effect each individual differently. For me, the epidurals were effective on my leg to foot pain.

    Hope is one thing you can not lose!
    Continue to tell your symptoms for appropriate doctor to assist you.
    There is help out there! Treatments for the here and now to reduce pain and new ideas for pain management all the time.

    I know you guys are very young, so unfortunately you need to navigate through areas that may be uncomfortable for you.
    But he must stay involved with his care and advocate for himself!

    You might want to use the __ search__upper right on this page, to help yourselves learn more.
    You may be led to older posts, articles, or videos that may benefit you.
    Sometimes my search leads me to further questions, some I continue to search. Other questions, I write down to bring to doctor.

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