I have searched through these forms a lot and decided it was time to post my story. I was involved in an MVA in September 2012, at the age of 20. At the time, I was convinced my hip was broken (it wasn't) and had major whiplash that lasted a long time. I figured I was young and healthy so it wouldn't take long for me to recover. I began receiving massage therapy which was nice but not all that helpful. Within the past 5 years, I have also tried chiropractic treatments, physio, osteopathy, and completed a work conditioning program that consisted of 3 one hour sessions a week for 3 months. I have tried working out, yoga, and the opposite: resting, ice, heat. I also bought a TENS machine, purchased a lumbar support cushion for my chair at work, and many self-massage tools.
All of this and 5 years later and my pain has exponentially increased. I am now 25 years old and am in constant pain pretty much all the time. My family doctor, for some reason, has told me that there is nothing wrong and just recently I demanded she refer me to a specialist. I went to see an orthopaedic surgeon who sent me for a CT scan. The CT scan showed herniated discs at L4/L5 as suspected and I had an MRI a couple of weeks ago. I will be going back to the orthopaedic surgeon on Sept. 20th to discuss results and options. I am thinking he will suggest surgery and I think I want to because I can't deal with this pain but it also seems really scary. I have had bad sciatica pain since the accident and recently it had become much, much worse. It goes all though my lower back, my hip, down my left leg, ankle and into the bottom of my foot. Just the other day, I began experiencing the same thing but in my right leg but way worse. This really frightened me and I was in tears the whole night due to pain (and a bit of worrying).
It's really frustrating dealing with this pain all the time as I'm sure many of you can relate. I began a new job just a few weeks ago which I absolutely love and couldn't be happier with but I am in a chair the entire day. I am also looking for suggestions of really good chairs (that don't take up too much space) and maybe with heat as that seems to help. My boss suggested I work from home 2 days a week which will be helpful as well.
I feel like I have way more to say but that's all for now.