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New to site L5 issue

NDR3ANNDR3A Posts: 1
Hello. I read quite a few posts on here & I gotta say, thank god I'm not alone.. Too many ppl just don't understand.

To make a super long story short.. I've had this shooting pain down my right side leg, from the buttock down to the back of my knee. I'd get an average of 3-4 hours sleep before I have to get up & walk around. It hurt to do the simplest tasks.. Like putting on my shoes or driving a car can bring a tear to my eye.. During this year of pain I've seen a bunch of doctors. All saying 'nothing's wrong..' Or 'is she faking?' But in their defense, I was complaining about my leg, they were looking at my hip.. Not my back, I never thought it would be my back either.. 2 weeks ago I caved and went to a chiropractor, one that ppl swear by. He did 2 X-rays and & explained it to me. I have a tilt in my hips, causing a pinched nerve in my L5 & my lower back is straight where there should be a curve.. Finally, someone who sees something is wrong w me. So I've been seein this chiropractor. I'm wondering if I'm doing the right thing since he isn't really a doctor, I've never seen one before til now.. Also, I'm worried about my job.. I've applied for easier jobs within the company to save my back, so I'm waiting it out.. I work for coca cola, I'm a merchandiser, those big displays you see at stores? I build those.. I'm constantly lifting, pulling 2k pound pallets, bending, squatting, etc. it's strenuous work if you don't know. My other question is about my job.. Like I walk a ton, no pain there, is this helping my back or should I go back to an office setting? While I'm working I feel minimal pain, tho I do walk w a limp, often.. But when I get home from work and actually sit down, I feel like I've been hit by a truck.. I'll struggle to get outta bed some days. But I've also been working thru this like a beast for a year.. Is this damaging me more? Or... ? I just need some input..I see some ppl are practically home bound and bed ridden, that thought scares me.. I'd like to stay as active as possible.. And stay away from the knife.. I'm 28 years young.. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Edit!! After posting I got to thinking and I wanted to add some additional inconveniences since this started.. Hopefully it's not tmi.
Aside from the 3-4 hours sleep I've had for the last year. It's also affected my sex life and other things.. Sex, ugh! I avoid it these days cuz I know I'll end up calling off work the next day because I can't get out of bed, I'll try, but literally fall back into it from the pain.. I can't sit, lay down, stand for more than a few minutes without pain.. I was using a heating pad for the longest, but was told that it could be doing more harm than good. So the last couple weeks I retired the heating pad and switched over to an ice pack every night. I don't take any meds, on rare occasion I'll take some ibproferen (can't spell it) but that's about it..

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  • Instead of relying on xrays from a chiropractor, I would go see a spine surgeon for some proper imaging and diagnosis. You can't diagnose a pinched nerve from an xray.
    Seeing a spine surgeon does not necessarily mean that you need to have surgery, but they are the specialists at diagnosing and then suggesting treatment options based on what they find.

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