In Dec 2011 I started having lower back pain. I saw an orthopedic surgeon who said I was fine, that I should just ice it and stretch more. I did, but the pain got worse over time. In November 2012 I went back to the orthopedic surgeon. This time he suggested I see a chiropractor. In April 2013 I began chiropractic treatment. By October the pain was so bad I saw a different orthopedic surgeon. This one sent me to get an MRI. It showed degenerative disc loss at L4-L5 and L5-S1 with bulges at both locations, neither distorting the nerve. This one sent me to physical therapy. By January 2014 I could barely handle the pain. I was sent back for another MRI. This one showed the same, except now L5-S1 is distorting the nerve root and L4-L5 has a slight tear. I'm sent back to the chiropractor, but it was suggested I also try acupuncture. Did both, still no help. I dropped acupuncture and tried massage therapy. Nope, still no good but now I've developed sciatica. I'm sent to a neurosurgeon. He sends me to get shots, I have 2, which don't help. Then I'm put on Neurontin, which also doesn't help. A slew of other short term pain meds, which only accomplish putting me to sleep. Now the neurosurgeon suggests surgery. My insurance denied it. He says he can no longer help. I see another neurosurgeon who sends me for a nerve study, which shows definite nerve damage at the S1 level. He says I don't need surgery, to just deal with the pain. I'm sent to pain management and put on Gabapentin. The only accomplishment there is severe migraines. I'm taken off and sent to yet another neurosurgeon. This one says I need surgery, but try one more shot.
I'm 46 years old, unable to work and using a walker. I can't sit for more than a few minutes (I've taken 5 breaks just typing this). I can't stand long and I can't walk without assistance. From what I've read on this site and others, I've done everything I can to help myself get better. I'm at a complete loss as to what I can try next.