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22 years old with 3 slipped disks
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mes5991 posted:
Hello all,

I am a 22 year old male college student who used to be very physically active until the back and leg pain started. I have 3 herniated disks (L3-4 L4-5 L5-S1) with L4-5 being the most severe.

I have seen an orthopedic specialist who has recommended a spinal steroid injection(and if it is ineffective, surgery). I am in the process of scheduling this procedure however i am waiting for it to clear with insurance.

I am having trouble going about my normal daily tasks, meaning everything from getting out of bed to showering to going to work to sitting at the table to eat dinner with my family. It is difficult for me to stand for longer than 5-10 minutes and transitioning from sitting/lying down to standing is very difficult. It triggers all the pain and numbness and takes about 20 minutes in a comfortable position for it to calm down. Sometimes i can sit, but most times it is very difficult.

I am supposed to begin my last year of college on 9/2 and im very worried about getting to class on time and even sitting at a desk(even for 5 minutes).

Other than the injection and possible surgery, my doctor did not recommend anything helpful for the meantime.(im looking to get a second opinion, however i am finding it very difficult to get an apointment quickly, regardless of the amount of pain I am in). I am laying down and icing almost all day. This gives me temporary relief until i stand up and start moving around, and everything comes flooding right back in no time.

Im looking for any and all advice you can give me. This pain is completely debilitating, and I do not have a very positive outlook on my current situation.

Thank you for reading this and helping,

Matt
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mes5991 responded:
And I apologize for the disorganized rambling. Please feel free to ask me any questions if I didnt make much sense.

Thank you,
Matt
 
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bj1208 replied to mes5991's response:
Hi Matt - welcome to the support group -

all of us here feel for you and your pains - we've all been there and most have done that! LOL

At night try using more pillows - under your knees when sleeping on your back and between your knees when sleeping on your sides - this will help keep the spine more straight (extra pillow behind your head - kinda reclining position).

You may want to see if you can get into physical therapy too - these should go hand-n-hand with steroid injections as the injections will help reduce inflammation and also help reduce pains - making it better for physical therapy workout.

taking ibuprofen ea tab is 200mg - can take up to 4 at a time, if needed but not to go over the 4000mg daily dosage allowance.

Ice treatments are better but there are also heat patches CVS and Walgreens - carry this one that peals off and you stick on the area - gives up to 8 hours relief. this may help when you are in class.

if the steroid injections do not work there are quite a few other treatment options available - just remember surgery should always be the last resort because once done you can't go back and have it undone.

These are just a few things to help - i'm sure other members will have more to chime in - also at the top of this site is a push pin post of some sites to research and do's and don'ts
that should help.

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I also have had surgery for L5S1,protruding disc for sciatic pain. Everything was fine for a year. Then the pain came back and the doctor ... More
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