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I am new to spine-health but have been using the website as a referencing tool for the past year or so.
I’ve had lower back pain (right sided) and sciatic pain into my right leg for 14 months now. It started (I believe) by over extending my leg and it literally just gave away.
The pain seemes to be manageable (pain killers and gentle excersizes) and then seems to spike every couple of months or so. Currently I am in the spiking period and for 4 weeks have just been in complete agony. Getting out of bed in the morning is horrendous and I just cannot get comfortable at all until my medication (very strong) has kicked.
I had an MRI scan in a January 2017 (during a increased pain spike) which confirmed that I had a herniated disk (L5/S1) causing the problem. I was signed off sick from work for 2 weeks and then it sort of died down again.
The pain has been pretty manageable up until around 4 week ago - I don’t know what happened but currently I am off sick again due to this horrendous back pain. I ended up in A&E because the pain was so bad. I’ve had an MRI scan and am awaiting the results. I cannot sleep, cannot get out of bed, cannot walk, cannot dress myself.
I’m 24 years old, other than being slightly overweight (which I know doesn’t help my situation and I intend to loose some pounds in the new year to see if that helps), I am completely healthy. I have a full time job, an active social life and I don’t have any other health issues. This is completely holding me back in life and it’s really getting me down.
I have tried chiropractor, physiotherapy, yoga, nerve root blocker. I appear to have some sort of lateral shift as when I can walk it’s sideways - I’ve been doing some research to try and correct this with excersizes at Home but currently it’s too painful to do anything with.
I’m wondering if anyone can relate? I feel completely hopeless. I don’t want to have surgery at my age if this can be avoided.
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