I am a 24 year old male who has been dealing with chronic back pain & sciatic leg pain since late in high school; aside from a couple pretty bad falls in high school there werent any serious injuries. I wasnt athletic in high school and was inactive and depressed. Long story short I never addresses those falls from over 5 years ago; the pain got progressively worse throughout school and the years after, but then got better again to the point where it was just a dull ache. It severely worsened last year when me and my family drove to florida for the holidays to visit family (i live in northern VT)sciatic pain down my right leg got worse than its ever been in the past. This prompted me to get an MRI early this year; what it revealed was a very large herniation at L3-L4 radiating right and pressing on the nerve as well as bulging discs just above and below it and spinal stenosis. Ive seen two specialists, had 3 interlaminar lumbar epidurals few months ago which helped briefly; considering transforaminal epidurals with better physical therapy. Im trying to avoid surgery but not sure if its practical with my case. Heres a little technical jargon from my 2nd specialist of whats going on: Disc herniations L3-4-5 with right eccentric extrusion at and inferior to L4. Patent lateral foramina. Right L4 & L5 radiculopathy secondary to disc herniations
Im looking for advice & support to help me get through this and make some decisions; my day to day life has become somewhat miserable since road trip last year.
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