Hi. I'm 20 years old about to be 21. I found out I had a herniated disc last year I think. I was referred to a neurosurgeon then, but I never went back because I didn't have insurance so I never went.
I think I actually hurt my back when I was 17/18 by lifting wrong, but had no problems until I was 19. I gained about 70 pounds since I was 17. One day about a year ago or so, I was sitting outside talking to an old friend for a couple hours and my back started hurting. It started hurting more and more as the day went on. It got to the point where I couldn't stand up or even sit up, so my family called the ambulance and I went to the hospital. I was released from the hospital for "back pain" (yeah, the ER is never helpful). I was able to walk again, but the left side of my left leg was numb like it was asleep. I went to the Dr got an MRI and determined it was a herniated disc, but he prescribed tramadol, tizadine?(muscle relaxer), and 800mg Ibuprofen. It didn't help the pain, but months go by and the numbness went away. I'm not very active on a daily basis like I should. When I'm not active, my back doesn't bother me. Days like today, I've been trying to clean my room, but I have to take a break every 15-20mins to rest my back because it starts to hurt. My back, hips, and legs start hurting. I started cleaning yesterday, but I'm not done yet. I might finish tomorrow hopefully. So 3 days to clean just one room.
My Medicare begins in December and I'm going to see the doctor again.
I'm just wondering if you guys have any tips to keep the pain down until then. It's quite a nuisance to do anything.
I know that if I lose a lot of weight it would help. I really don't want surgery. I think if I lose weight I will feel better, but it's hard to be active with this. I'm 200 lbs right now, I want to get back down to 120. I'm 5'3.