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I am a 25 year old male. A couple months back my doctor opted to get some MRI’s done since I was experiencing reoccurring back and leg pain for a couple years. The pin would always come and go, but it pretty much stayed since August 2018. The results showed that I have a herniated L5-S1 and a torn hip labrum on the left hand side.
I’ve had 1 epidural and another is on the way and I’m doing PT. A couple of weeks ago, I woke up with a very sore, and stiff back. With every movement my back muscles tensed up. The weird thing is that it is even in my upper back and my neck. Throughout the day my back loosens up, but every time I go to bed I wake up in the middle of the night with a very sore and hard to move back. It hearts to even engage any muscle.
I told my sports med doc about it and he told me it’s just a phase most people go through with disc herniatons. He suggested I start taking prednisone to help inflammation of the back and the flare up of my IBD Ulcerative Colitis. I’m currently taking diclofenac which helps once I take it in the morning.
I’m so tired of being tired and not being able to have good sleep. I’m thankful that I don’t have much shooting pain, but this pain is unbearable and prevents me from moving efficiently during the first half of the day. Has anyone with disc herniatons experiences this? I’ve changed my mattress, have been icing and applying heat, exercising, resting too, etc.