I have signed up to this forum in hopes of not only finding answers, but sharing and relating my experiences to others as I have no one to do that with in my life. I have a great foundation of support from friends and family but none of them truly understand the pain and suffering I have been dealing with for almost a year now, it started like this ..
About last summer of 2014, i noticed a very strong sharp pain in my right leg. I could not straighten it or sit down comfortably without sharp pains. I ignored this for several weeks, even months thinking it would go away, but it only got worse through time. I have been working call center/technical support/information technology since I was 16 and never did much excercise or physical activity in my life. I am not overweight, around the 190 lbs mark at 6'0'' even. Working these jobs, and being a very hardcore gamer, I have bad posture and neglected my hamstrings and back until the pain began.
My doctor prescribed me muscle relaxers, lyrica, and naproxen for the pain around Oct-Dec which had very mild relief. I began a regular stretching and walking routine coupled with my medication to really start relief. This was unsuccessful, my pain got worse to the point where I could not get out of bed, in fact I needed an ambulance and paramedics to come to my home and give me Morphine so I could stand the pain and get to the Emergency Room. Since then, I have been prescribed a painkiller, Tramadol/Tramacet, and a higher dose of Lyrica. They also gave me Tordoral (NSAID) but only got a short period, these gave me great relief but was very hard on my stomach, my doctor decided to stop the Tordoral and keep me on Tramacet and Lyrica.
Me and my fiance then moved into our first big home together near Christmas, and I also landed my first career/salary position in Information Technology, this was a major uplift to our lives and motivation. My first month there I had to take a week off because it was just too painful to sit down, I laid in bed for days then stretched until I could sit again and be productive. I have been at work since then regularly without time off.
I finally began PT after this, regular icing, I purchased an Inversion Table as well. I have only recently began using my inversion table regularly, but I found my PT MacKenzie stretches were not giving me great relief. I found it very hard to lay on my stomach and relax my body, it made my leg hurt immensely, and trying to arch my back exhausts me to the point where I could barely move after. I felt like this was setting me back.
At this present time, my family doctor has scheduled me to see an Injection doctor to give me Cortisone injections. I have also had a CT scan where they confirmed the herniated lumbar disc. I feel like this is taking too long and I'm worried this will be permanent. This has changed my life for the worst, its exhausting my fiance and my mental self. I just want to hear stories of recovery, encouragement, and steps on what I should do. I am sick and tired of reading the same things on the Web, I feel like I have tried them all, yet my doctor will not refer me to a surgeon. I cannot simply just go see another doctor either. It is very hard to get a family doctor here.
Any information and encouragement is greatly appreciated as I have absolutely no one to relate too. Thank you.
A chronic pain sufferer looking for quality of life again