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Depression from Herniated disc.. Will I ever get better??

Hello,

I have been having a hard time dealing with my herniated disc issue. It has left me unable to work and do most of the things I did before. I can barely walk, when I do, I use a cane. I have weakness in my left leg and that is causing foot drop issues. I am just depressed and worried beyond belief. Afraid that this is how my life will always be. I cry and cry often. I realize my issue could always be worse.. however, for me this is bad. Going from being active with my kids to not being able to do much and needing their help is hard. I am only 38 and do not want to feel this way forever. I am seeing a dr, waiting on a mri to be approved..

Feeling blue any advice
Jen
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  • shortfuse5691sshortfuse5691 Posts: 404
    edited 03/10/2015 - 3:57 PM
    I feel this way too!! Where is your herniated disk?? I have herniated disks in my back and neck. I wear a soft cervical collar to reduce pain in my neck and awaiting another neck surgery. I soak in a hot tub often, I use to take anti inflammatories. I'm on nerve pain pills. I'm on muscle relaxers too. After each surgery my quality of life comes back. Hang in there.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • Just relax & do not cry. It does not help and in top of that you get tired.
    3 months ago, i discover that one of my discks broke and the gel inside is pushing my medular spine wich is affecting mi siatic nerve & driving me crazy.
    my left leg is like if is not mine. I walk funny. Is dumb, with cramps & like a million ants are bitting my toes.
    what i did and what i am not goin to do?
    Doctor if he says cirurgury run to another doctor.
    mine said medication to relax the nerve (is hurt and piss off) needs some days of heavy drugs and lots of relax (you also, forget the kids) you have to take care of your siatic nerve right away.
    when pain is more or less ok. Start gimnastics and lots of strachings. BUT please very careful and slowly do not over do it or you have to start all over again. (I had to do it).
    Now i am with a little bit of pain (mentally very strong) next friday i have doctor again and hope he will let me start with my estrechings.
    be patience and do not cry.
    Ernesto
    jennay1207 said:
    Hello,

    I have been having a hard time dealing with my herniated disc issue. It has left me unable to work and do most of the things I did before. I can barely walk, when I do, I use a cane. I have weakness in my left leg and that is causing foot drop issues. I am just depressed and worried beyond belief. Afraid that this is how my life will always be. I cry and cry often. I realize my issue could always be worse.. however, for me this is bad. Going from being active with my kids to not being able to do much and needing their help is hard. I am only 38 and do not want to feel this way forever. I am seeing a dr, waiting on a mri to be approved..

    Feeling blue any advice
    Jen
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  • Hi Jen,

    Hang in there and never give up on yourself or your health. If you are not getting the right answers or help keep fighting until you find the Doctor that will help you. It took me two years of suffering to finally find a Doctor that can help me. I am herniated from C5-C7 and I am going to be having a fusion soon. I am 28 years old and went from being super active to now not being able to do anything. I cry almost everyday. I to understand that it could always be worse but having everything you love doing being taken away from you is hard to deal with. I find it very hard physically and emotionally . No one around me understands what it is like to be in pain 24/7, no one understands the toll it really does take on the mind.
    I really find talking to an outside source helps. Never hide your emotions. If you feel sad cry, angry yell. We have every right to be pissed off.
    I wish you well on your journey and keep your chin up. Fight to get help and if one door closes get up and make the other doors open for yourself.

    Rachel
  • Hi Jen. I'm really optimistic that once you get your MRI, you'll have full information about what's wrong, and then will have options about what to do next. For me, I was in your boat about three months ago, then I got the MRI, saw specialists and got a microdiscectomy about 3 weeks ago. I had what my chiropractor called "a hot mess" of a disc herniation, at the rip ol' age of 31. It's not perfect (yet?), but it's much better. I have more optimism now than I did when I was in your shoes -- in the dark about the extent of damage in my back without an MRI, and therefore no idea about my options for the future.

    I'd suggest trying as best you can now to have a normal life -- invite friends over and order in and watch a movie while you're as comfy as you can be on the couch. I feel like my worst days were the ones where I just sat around and watched TV, in stark contrast to what I felt like I was able to do before my disc herniation.

    If you're down and unable to shake it, you might want to speak with a professional. We've been through a lot -- lots of pain, lack of knowledge about what to do, fear for the future -- it's normal to be depressed, and when the things that used to help don't, you may want to consider calling in the experts. Your mental health is important, and just as real as the physical pain you feel.

    Good luck!
  • It's almost 4 years later, I doubt anybody will still come around to this.  But it is worth a shot.

    I'm 21 and have a pretty bad L4-L5 herniation.  I've lost hundreds of hours of sleep over the last year, not because of pain but because of the thoughts the condition can give us.  It's really, really hard to stay positive when you're a year in with only very minor relief.  I drastically switched up my therapy plan and I've made the most progress in the last 2 weeks.

    How did you ultimately deal with your issue?  Do you still have problems?

    Thanks in Advance (If anyone sees this!)

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  • LizLiz Posts: 9,726

    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I have to close it.

    Liz, 

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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