I'm an otherwise healthy 26 year old, but have been diagnosed with three herniated discs at L3, L4, and L5 after an MRI.
I had the pain for about a year but it was manageable. Then in Early November I was playing basketball and something happened which sent me straight to the ground. Couldn't get up and had to get an ambulance ride to the ER. Got an MRI and found that I had 3 herniated discs at L3, L4, and L5.
The pain radiates down my left leg and often times my toes and lower leg will go numb and be tingling. About two weeks after the basketball incident I was feeling a little better and decided to move a 50lb object upstairs (bad idea, I know). Woke up two days later in screaming pain and went back to the ER. Got a bunch of pain meds and muscle relaxers and was told to continue physical therapy.
Since the second ER incident I have not had another MRI. I do fear that I may have made it worse because the pain is more severe
I've been stretching everyday, doing PT, staying relaxed, not lifting anything over 10lb... but that was a month ago. It is still extremely painful to stand up and it hurts like hell to walk. I have a severe limp now in my left leg. I can't really do anything besides sit or lay down. Standing for more than 5 minutes sends screaming pain down my left leg. No pain at all in my right leg.
I am going to get an Epidural in all likelihood next week, but I'm afraid it's just going to mask the pain and not help me get better. If the pain is masked I fear I might make the injury even worse by being too active.
It is incredibly frustrating to be this young, otherwise healthy, and have this problem. I'm getting very frustrated and depressed by the idea that my life may be like this forever. The DRs keep saying it might get better on its own with stretching and conditioning, but so far that hasn't been working.
Is there hope for me? After my Epidrual, if that does not work I plan on requesting a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon or neuro surgeon.
THIS SUCKS! I FEEL FOR ALL OF YOU!!!!
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. Ultrasound / Tens unit
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