I'm a 23yr old female. For the past 5yrs of my life I have been extremely active, healthy and living life. I'm currently active duty military, full time college student, wife and mother to a 10 month old son. Last week I was diagnosed with severe DDD, sciatica and radiculopathy. We're still waiting on treatment recommendations, but for the time being my life has pretty much come to a hault. I have put on a very light exercise regiment that has created a LARGE weight increase, I'm unable to hold/carry my own child and my quality of life has went from jumping out of bed, ready to go...to feeling helpless, pathetic and an unfit mother. I have trouble staying focused at work, I dropped out of college to help my level of stress. But things just keep getting worse. I'm on two pain killers and a muscle relaxer but because of work and my life style I cannot take one of the pain meds and the muscle relaxer. I do have a secretarial type job, but now sitting has become super uncomfortable, I have collaspe multipule times attempting to tie my boots. Someone, PLEASE tell me there's hope!!!!