I'm 26 and ever since I felt something 'not quite right' when I picked up my 2 month old daughter in her carrier, I've had increasingly intense sciatic-like pain. That was 4 years ago. It came and went. I was a stay at home mom with no health insurance. I went to the chiropractor a few times and initially felt better. Then it would come back even worse. More chiropractor visits and visits to my family doctor. Everyone is perplexed (probably thinks I just want drugs). I eventually tell my doctor that the high strength Aleve and low dose muscle relaxers aren't doing anything. Get sent for xrays and given Tramadol. Works for a bit, nothing on xray. Still no insurance and can't afford (seemingly unnecessary mri). Doctor says I need to exercise and build up my abdominal and back muscles, do stretches, lose weight (only 20 pounds overweight) but whatever, I do it. Start training for 5k and living healthier, still seeing chiropractor with little relief. 4 years of this. Finally something happens. Numbness and excruciating muscle spasms. No idea what's happening. I go to the E.R. one night because I'm lying in bed screaming into pillows and trying not to come out of my skin. Tell them my symptoms and they just give me a shot of steroids and a shot for pain relief. Tell me to call my family Doctor on Monday. Got a prescription for some actual working painkillers. Pretty sure something is seriously wrong at this point. So I see my doctor and she orders an MRI immediately. I get a call saying I herniated a disk and will need surgery. Have mini breakdown. I'm only 26 I didn't do anything to make this happen!
Have consultation with surgeon next day and surgeon kinda freaks out. Says it's the worst he's seen this year. Could lose control of my bladder and bowels permanently if we don't act quickly. Surgery 2 hours later. Pain is immediately gone, so is half my disk. 1 week into recovery. Feeling good. Still numb. Hoping that will go away, because I can't feel my right ass cheek.