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.
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