I’m really just looking for any advice in regards to my situation
At age 15 (5 years ago now) I suffered a fall resulting in back pain, at the time I had a bone scan and x-rays and was told by the specialist I was being an over-exaggerating teenager and it will go away.
Now I’m 20, the pain never went, only got worse...I would describe the day to day pain as moderate, sometimes severe in my lumbar, recently I have had constant left leg aches, and the occasional severe sciatica pain (2-3 in the last 6mths), I also get pain in my right leg, but this isn’t constant like my left. The back pain is fairly debilitating at times.
My recent CT showed a moderate herniated disc pressing on my nerve, mild-moderate scoliosis and moderate disc degeneration at L5/S1, however my MRI showed only a small disc protrusion with no nerve impingement and only mild degeneration which is really frustrating...
I’m in constant pain and I’m really starting to struggle with it mentally, I can’t excercise, work effectively (I’m a nurse...) or sleep well...day-to-day is painful (but not excruciating). Im really not sure what to do, I tried osteotherapy a few years ago which didn’t work, I try to stretch when I can, sleep right and use good posture, tak etc, but the pain just won’t stop..I don’t even remember feeling pain free at this point
I feel like the tests are displaying that there’s barely anything wrong and I feel like I must just be being dramatic like the doctor 5 years ago said. I’m willing to try anything to reduce the pain so I can do activists I used to once love (with one condition...not regular analgesia)
I’m only 20 and I feel like a big chuck of my teens was taken due to pain and although it’s only moderate pain it’s never ending and it’s driving me insane, if anyone can offer any advice, I’ll listen to anything