I write this post as I am bed bound due to absolutely unbearable sciatic pain. I have been diagnosed with an L5-S1 disc herniation, which in itself is considered small, however, the radiculopathy its causing is horrific. I feel like I'm paralyzed to one position because getting out of bed seems impossible. No meds are helping. I had severe pain last month and ended up in the ER but I seemed to slowly but surely be recovering with PT and medication. Until... 2 days ago everything seemed to reverse, all progress lost. I need hope. I am alone and sob at the thought of never being normal again. My plans were to start nursing school in the spring but it seems as though that's impossible at this point. Does anyone relate at all or have any encouragement? I am only 22 and dont understand why this is happening.