So here's the deal.
I just turned 20 years old (first and foremost)...3 years ago I was in a bad car accident and have been dealing with numerous back problems and got extensive studies done in numerous fields.
I was told I have major disc degeneration/herniated discs at L3-L5, scoliosis, and arthritis of the spine. I have a pinched nerve in my neck that causes arm pain and numbness (loss of color too) and my sciatic nerve is pinched (sciatica) causing sharp pain in my right leg, achy joints, numbness in my toes, etc.
I have had 3 epidural injections, tried MONTHS and MONTHS of physical therapy, I've been on every damn muscle relaxer and pain killer there is, resulting in other health problems and sending me to the hospital (I was up to about 12 prescriptions a day, so I voluntarily stopped taking all my medication when I had a very serious drug interatction). I've tried decompression therapy, alternative therapy, heat packs/ice packs, excersize, you name it I've tried it, other than surgery. Due to my age they did not want to put me through that, which is ABSURD in itself.
I missed a good portion of my highschool 'career' I was out of work, and now struggle in college being that I have a hard time sitting through lectures.
I'm tired of suffering, I'm way too young to have to go through such excruciating pain on a daily basis. I lose a great deal of sleep, I'm physically exhausted all the time, and real miserable...I'm at my wits end, I would like to know if anyone has 'success stories' of surgeries they have had done and healing times (I know it varies but an approximation would be a great deal of help to me).
I plan on discussing options with my doctor but everytime I go in there he just gives me a prescription to "try".