I guess I am scared right now and came here for what? I am not really sure. I am an army reservist and 24 year old full time student and had a lower back injury about a year ago lifting weights (squatting). I kind of ignored it and tried to stretch it off and continued with very minor discomfort for about a year.
Well it just got a hell of a lot worse lately, and now runs down my entire right leg in my sciatic nerve. For the last month and a half I have been doing physical therapy, anti-inflammatory pills (naproxen), pain killers (7.5/325 Norco), chiropractor, massage, yoga, and tried acupuncture once but it seemed stupid. Nothing has worked, and its getting worse. I have been miserable and starting to get depressed. I can barely walk a hundred feet without giving up. This all coming from being from a physically fit runner and muscle toned. Now the gym is the last thing on my mind.
I am getting an MRI in two days (FINALLY), and I am hoping for some kind of bulging or herniated disc to be found so I can get surgery. The worse thing I can think of would be if they found nothing, because that means I can't solve my pain. And I don't want to live like this anymore. I have been reading others posts and it really struck a chord with me.
I have great sympathy for any who may have had to live like the way I feel right now for a long duration of time. To think I have only been this way surviving off of pain pills for two months, I don't think I could live like this. I am on this forum in case things go from bad to worse. Because I know I'll need some kind of mental support if the MRI doesn't show anything.
Thanks for reading, best wishes to whoever you may be.