I am a 23 year old male. About 3 months ago, my right leg started to hurt a bit and I did not think anything of it. Last month, it started to get worse and worse, Went to an orthopedic and got an MRI. Came back with a L5-S1 disc herniation that looks like it is pinching a nerve. I was put on anti-inflammatory for a week which did nothing at all. Then I was put on a 6 day dose on oral steroid pack of Predesone. Half of the days, I was taking it I barely had any pain. The 7th day when I had no more pills, it was back to normal again. Since then it has gotten worse. I only had pain from behind my knee to right before my foot now it is throughout my whole right leg (thigh down), burning, pulsating, stinging, sharp sudden pains, etc.
As of two nights ago, my left leg started to hurt out of nowhere. When I stand up straight without jeans on, there is a bruise right behind my knee where the leg closes. the left leg has been hurting for past two days now. Behind the left knee also feels somewhat swollen possibly.
As of last night, lower back started to hurt, today lower back does not seem to hurt yet today but both legs definitely. right leg is a lot worse then the left leg but left leg definitely is in a lot of pain as well.
This runs in my family. Father and brother both have many issues. Father is now on disability because he has multiple herniated discs, multiple pinched nerves and has had 5 or 6 surgeries with no success. He is basically screwed at this point. He is on crazy painkillers (Fetanol pathces daily and Levo) for his pain cause he needs them but I refuse to start with the vicious cycle of pain killers.
I have a pain management doctor appointment tomorrow afternoon. My orthopedic that gave me MRI referral and the oral steroids said the next step is epidural shots. I feel that all that is is a band-aid for a short term until you have to go get another one.
I am scared for surgery, along with my parents are scared for me because of my father and there can always be complications. I don't know what to do but I feel literally like a 60 year old man and I can barely get up in the morning for the past few weeks to go to work. After work, I go home to my house and lay down and relax until bed. I am too young to deal with this right now. I barely have a life other then work since starting the pain problems.
I'm scared and I don't know what to do.
Any advice or help is seriously greatly appreciated.