I'm so glad I found this place! I'm a 37 year-old stay at home mom/former real estate agent and I am hoping for less pain sometime in the near future. My bi-lateral discectomy L 4/5 is scheduled for Dec. 3rd, and frankly I don't know how I'm going to recover while caring for my children. The older ones (18, 15, 11, and 8) aren't a problem; they can pour their own cereal), but I have a 1 and 2 year old who are still in cribs and I can't afford a nanny on my husband's teacher's salary (|: So, I'll try and find a forum for that issue.
Anyway, as of October of last year (after moving a hay bale in preperation for a Halloween Party), I got a real "zinger". Went to the doc, he prescribed the standard 5/325 vicodin, 800 mg motrin and flexeril. I immediately began physical therapy and tens unit. 5 momths later had an MRI, and ruptured disc was found and a tear in another. I've had 4 epidural injections which gave me the worst PMS symptoms I've ever had in my life! No relief. Saw a nurosurgeon and he wanted to immediately do a spinal fusion with the bone marrow. Instead I'm opting for the lesser of the two evils and am hoping the disectomy works. My pain is severe, in both legs,hips/buttocks. My back hurts too, but mostly when I'm lifting babies in/out of carseats, high chairs, cribs, changing tables, etc. Laundry is a real pain too...ha!
So, I'll see what forums I find on here and good luck to everyone in finding relief.