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Please offer some hope...anyone who has gone through this... I am 39 years old, used to exercise regularly until this unbearable pain came on, and do not need to lose weight to help with my problem.

In my early twenties, I had some lower back problems with occasional sciatica. In the past year, it started again, but only for a day or two.

However, on January 28, I had the worst lower back pain of my life from out of nowhere. It hit me and literally knocked me down. I had to sit immediately. It has been seven weeks now and I am going out of my mind from the pain. I have pain going down both legs, although it's worst on my right side. It goes down my buttocks, often my hips, in my knees, shins, calves, ankles, and my feet are often numb and tingling. Sometimes the pain is absolutely unbearable. This has been a very long process of seeing doctors, being referred for X-rays, MRIs, pain management, etc. I have tried the fluoroscopic epidural shot (which didn't help at all and cost $375 co-pay). I have tried physical therapy. I have been on pain medicine and although I HATE it, I'm going to have to start taking sleeping pills because 3-4 out of 7 nights a week I don't sleep a wink. I don't know if it's the pain, the meds, or both, but I'm wide awake.

My official diagnosis is: Lumbar degeneration, Radioculopathy, and Lumbar Herniation. I have two bulging discs on L-4 to L-5 and L-5 to S-1 that must be pressing on a nerve.

I'm trying to work, but cannot function on no sleep, so have missed 2-3 days of work each week since this began 7 weeks ago. I'm getting very depressed and worried. Will this ever go away? The doctors don't seem to have any answers for me. How does my back pain go from 1-2 days to seven weeks of pain with no end in sight? If anyone has had this experience, will you please share your story with me? I'd especially love to hear from anyone who was finally able to find some relief. Will this be my whole life? I miss having an active lifestyle. I miss exercising. I miss walking normally and not obsessing about finding a close parking space because my legs are so weak.

Thank you for any help or hope,

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