I'm 25 and have always been fairly athletic. In November I began to get back pain. Not too bad, but I rested as much as possible, stopped exercising, and didn't go out as much.
In January the pain began to quickly worsen. By early February I had been diagnosed with a herniated disc (L4-L5) that became so painful it would sometimes take me 30 minutes to get out of bed (really bad pain in my back and right butt, a little tingling and weakness below the knee).
I have had 2 epidural injections that took away about 50% of the pain, and now, with pain killers, I feel about 75% better for most of the day, but I still hurt in the morning, can't sit down for more than a few minutes, etc. I'm in my 3rd week of physical therapy, but don't feel like I've been improving. The only time I don't hurt is when I'm walking.
It's now been 5 months with some pain, and 3 months with more severe pain. I still can't exercise or do most of the things I would do in my normal life. I have lost 25 pounds, often feel tired and emotionally on edge, my performance at work is hurting a lot, and my social life is completely gone (people stop calling when you don't go out with them for 5 months).
I don't think I'm bad enough that I need surgery, but I also don't seem to be improvingtoo much any more and I'm having more and more trouble dealing with this situation. I'd just like to hear from people who have gone through similar experiences and I appreciate anyone who will share there thoughts.