I'm new here... In my twenties, have been living with chronic sciatic pain for over two years now, due to three prolapses in the lowest discs of my lumbar spine. I've been through the works at this point. It took me so long to get answers being sent back and forth by my GP, who kept just telling me I had sciatica like it was a condition unto itself. I had to get an MRI and bring it to her before she would take me seriously, six months later. That's how long this stuff takes in the Irish system. I've been through physical therapy, spinal injections, tried all the exercises and plans, done different pain management. The injections have made it worse, and now I am living in pain more crippling than when I started my treatment. The doctors are debating sending to surgery but want to put me through more physical therapy, despite the fact that I have already been doing physical therapy for a year and a half to no avail, and no one seems to be able to give me answers. Why the injections made it worse, why none of the treatments have given me any relief.I am losing my mind. Doing a masters degree currently and it is impossible to concentrate through the pain I am experiencing. And I know, given that this is taking so long, the field I am trying to break into with my masters will be closed off to me unless a miracle happens. It is hard to keep motivated when it appears that all your life plans are on ice, depending on whether you will ever get a body and a life back again. I can't even remember what it was like to be pain free anymore. Not capable of doing much more than walking. Like I said, losing my mind. I was just wondering, if anyone else here has had a similar experience of prolonged pain without relief, what their experience has been, and if anything eventually helped. I am terrified that this is my life now, and I will be stuck like this forever.