I've been a member for quite awhile and like many people on here, I really lean on the this forum community when I get a flare up that stops me in my tracks. I've got quite the spine history for someone my age and unfortunately it is another flare up that has brought me back to the forums. Seeing as I have had 3 complete cycles of injury, conservative treatment, and surgery, you could say I have "been there done that". This is my fourth injury -I developed sciatic pain 5 weeks ago that rest, heat/ice, TENS and massage therapy, and 2 rounds of oral steroids have not been able to alleviate. I get an MRI today before I make my next treatment move. I've struggled physically and emotionally the past few weeks, but I am trying my best to stay in control and accept those things that are simply out of my control. Instead of posting my typical message full of anxiety and looking to others desperately for answers (which I know I can do if I need to), I am trying a different approach. This time, I want to offer my support to anyone who needs it, whether it is your first injury or your 5th- I'm here to listen and give advice. We are all in this together. Depression has been half of my battle. Over the years I have gotten much better at coping with my condition, but I still need to connect with people who understand what I'm going through.
Let's all help each other. Many times I make the whole day about me and how I have to try and deal with the pain and uncertainty of my condition. Today, I'm trying the opposite. I invite you to try it as well!
Best wishes everyone,
25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.