I am currently 16 years old, weighing around 200 pounds at 6 foot. Initial issues happened after lifting for Varsity football around a 5 months ago. It progressively got worse, starting with having pain while lifting, etc, so i would lay off for a week or so untill the pain subsided. From there over the course of summer workouts and Training camp it continually got worse untill i could barely lift weights at all. Blowing it off i continued to play, and about week 2 of the season, (month 3) things continually got worse. I went to see the trainer and he ended up sending me to a wellington doctor. After describing my symptoms, (at this point I could no longer sit down for longer than 5 minutes, many nights of little sleep, and CONSTANT hip and butt pain that shoots down to my foot. My left foot had gone numb as well. He put me on a steriod pack to reduce inflammation, can not remember the name, and wanted me to go through pt and see how I felt in 2 weeks. After 2 weeks nothing had gotten better and I had missed a decent amount of school because of not being able to sit. At this point he wanted to have an MRI done for my back, which came back as a disk herniation with mild pinching on a nerve, (doctor did not specify the nerve). He out me on the steriod pack again, because the pain was so unbearable, and also flexeril for the muscle spasms. The only way I can move is taking the flexeril. I finished the steriod pack and have been doing the stretches and nothing at all is working. I'm on the verve of a breakdown because I can no longer do barely anything. The pain is so intense and nothing at all seems to work anymore including the flexeril. I dont know what to do and need relief NOW. I've heard about the spinal injections, which is probably the next step. I'm intensely afraid of needles and the pain the comes from them. Can anyone described the experience? I'M 16 YEARS OLD AND CAN MOVE LESS THAN MY GRANDPARENTS. I'm flat out tired of having the pain all day. somebody please help.
-- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator 10/13/15 09:41