My name is Itzel,
i am 21 years old female, previous to this injury i was very active and enjoyed exercising everyday running, biking hiking, everything.
on 01/10/15 I woke up with terrible pain down my leg that caused me to cry and scream even if i attempted to drive.
I saw a chiropactor for about 1.5 months who did adjustments,traction which provided relief from pain. on a Scale from 1-10 my pain is at about 1 ---2 depending. the first few months i had a hard time walking but its much more than that now i can walk for miles but the mental stress this has put on me is unbearable. I completely understand this could be much worse but just the thought of having to deal with more back problems all through my life makes me feel so anxious even as I write this.
I limp, cant walk on my tiptoes or do calf raises with my right leg and my pinky and toe next to it have been numb for about 4 months now.
About 1 month ago i was finally sent to a neurosurgeon and we found out i have an extruded disc at the L5-S1 level which is about 10% of the disc is compressing the s1 root.
Theres so much i want to do but now I'm scared that i will mess up my back again even thinking of a car accident that could make things worse is so stressful. For crying out loud even gaining weight has been such a big stress factor my hair is falling out in bunches.
about one month ago I experienced and acute panic attack while driving both my arms and legs went numb and i though i was having a heart attack. anyway !
I'm Scheduled for Microdisccectomy next friday 05/08/15 and im freaking out ... all this time i've been relying on friend and family to be there for me but I'm sure i've already exhausted them with my physical and mental problems.
I just want to be able to resume a healthy active life style. i know i wont run again but i just want to be normal again.
please if you have any tips or even words of encouragement , good vibes send them my way.