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I am 24 years old back in 2014 I had a microdiscectomy to remove part of my ruptured L5 S1 disc, I had severe sciatica down my left leg all the way to my ankle and pain in my lower back. I got through surgery and physical therapy just fine. Of course some of the lower back pain remained but It was tolerable.
Now 4 years later I have been on and off seeing doctors about my back because I am having more lower back pain I cannot sit nor can I stand for long periods of time. I just recently started having acute sciatica down my left leg again and sometimes I feel it go down my right side. I have been so reluctant to see any kind of doctors because they automatically assume I am pill searching which isn't the case for me. Just this past month I have had another MRI and the results came back that I have degeneration noticeable in my L5 S1 area where I had surgery and that I have a disc bulge in my L4 disc, I am assuming right above my L5 S1. Also I have granulation tissue that is encasing my nerve root in that area where I had surgery. I am just waiting for my appointment to see a Nuerosurgeon.
I just want to know if anyone else feels how I do... Sometimes I think like the pain I have doesn't deserve to be treated or I should just suck it up, but I am only working 4 hours a day at my work because I refuse to take on anymore because it puts me in too much pain. And sometimes I feel stupid even going to doctors for my back pain, I am so demoralized by the whole thing I just want to give up. I am going through pt now just to stretch out my hips and legs and core strengthening, but I feel it's useless because if I started to work more I will be in pain. And I am searching for a new job where I do not have to do so much labor intensive things. But quitting is not an option for me, I want to live on my own and actually be able to work full time. I have no clue what the Nuerosurgeon is going to say I feel like my situation doesn't compare to other people. Sometimes I think that the pain is all in my head and that maybe I am a sissy because refuse to do things I used to because of things causing me pain.
Maybe someone has been through the same thing but thanks to anyone who replies.
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