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Hello all, my names Jeff and I'm a 28 yr old male. I currently have some really bad pain in my butt, hamstring, and calf area. At first I felt like it was a pulled muscle but the issue has lasted for over 1 year now. I tried to tough it out as I always try to "man-up"! But unfortunately the pain is winning. I feel like my whole leg is cramped and its hard to walk, sit, lay down, sack up with the old lady... One of the worst parts of my day is trying to go to the bathroom, (#2), I feel like the pain is so bad, I refer to that part of my day as a terrible party as I have to do the YMCA to alleviate the pain in my butt and hamstring. Reaching for the towel rack twisting and pulling the sink, reaching for the shower curtain, just terrible pain...But it doesn't really help. I often can't even go to the bathroom because of the pain. My sleeping has gotten worse, at first I could sleep fine and just be stiff in the morning, but it turned into I have to sleep on my back or stomach as sleeping on either side put to much pressure on my hip. Now I can ONLY sleep on my stomach. The pain is bad enough that I can't even consider a different position. I normally only get about 5 hours of sleep now.(if I'm lucky). I have had times lately where when I get up in the morning I can't put any pressure on my left leg. It feels like my hip is gonna fall apart and it is dangling by the muscles only. Putting my shoes on in the morning has become a big deal. A 5-10 minute process now. I usually wear really supportive boots but I can't hardly bend over to put my socks on or put my boots on. I've actually had to have someone help me get my shoes on because the pain is so bad at times. I have bought some really soft comfortable sneakers I tied loosely to slip on and off though, so I've been wearing them lately. I don't really have any back pain at all. It seems to be all in my left hip and leg area. I am a Marine veteran and because I don't have insurance, I started going to the VA clinic back in March of 2013. I just want to say thank you to all the tax payers on here because the return of your tax dollars for my 4 year duty is helping me with what is now holding my whole life back it seems. So thank you. Your money is going to a good cause. But as anyone in the service will tell you the process is slow using the VA. They took xrays of my back and told me everything was fine and I shouldn't be in any discomfort. They said they would do PT but that got canceled before even going to the 1st appt. So they offered a chiropractor instead. I have gone to the chiropractor since April, it is mid June now. Absolutely no help. I've gone about 20 times now. So they did new xrays, this time of my hips, again no issues found and they said I should be fine and to just take it easy. So I bitched and complained to them over about a weeks time to get an MRI. Finally they caved and I got it. The MRI revealed a disc rupture/herniation at L5-S1. The doc said no PT or chiropractor was going to help the issue I have so they have now cut me off from either and said the only solution is surgery. I'm not really happy about that, but I feel like the pain is just mentally fatiguing me as much as I already am physically. I feel like I could beat my head against the wall it's so bad. I can't sit for more than 30 minutes. It affects my daily life and impedes on any activity. I literally research the type of chairs restaurants and bars have before going to decide on whether or not I go, I bought new furniture at home, a new bed, new shoes, an inversion table, back massager, no help at all. So, enough complaining to you! I just wanted you to get an idea of the gravity of my situation. I'm nervous about surgery and would like to hear from anyone with similar issues that has gone through surgery already. Or anyone that has found non-surgical relief. What should I expect? Did your life get any better? I have read other threads on here and I love em. To all those who have back pain, keep up the good fight and keep your head up. Always be looking forward. Just reading other threads makes me feel like there is really a "brotherhood/sisterhood" mentality on here and although this is my first post I feel like we can all support eachother and and be there with some encouragement! Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing back from you with some information. Any advice is wanted! Have a great day all!
Hey guys and gals, thanks for all the tips. Last night I didn't get much sleep. I tried a pillow between my knees and holy cow! My hip was on fire! I had to switch pillows, change angles, and eventually sleep on the floor! When I got up this morning around 5 or so, again I couldn't put any pressure on my leg. I literally had to "walk it off" pacing around the house like a crazy person! Now that some time has gone by its not as bad. I really can not sleep in any position other than on my stomach. Any other way and it just can't happen.

Well enough of doom and gloom! It's the weekend! I have researched the epidural shot. When I go to PT I am going to ask them who I need to request something like that from. I will reach out to my doctor about maybe nerve meds, I currently take Tramadol 50mg. It doesn't do anything really. I have recently started using ice. It does feel good, however once the "icing' goes away Mr. Pain and his lackeys return! But it is something i will be doing more often. As far as chairs go, I do have a rather "soft" chair and I sit funny in it to stay straight. I sit in my computer chair more often now and it is better.

I do have a question, did any of you feel like you were just at like a mental wits end while dealing with your issue? I feel mentally drained by all of this. And I do think I waited to long to seek help, almost a year and a halfs time. How much time would you say you devoted pre-treatment to attempt to make yourself feel physically better? It seems like my whole day is wrapped around making my environment around me better for my pain. It's really weird! I wonder if the VA is sending me to PT knowing that surgery is inevitable and they are just trying to get my core built up so recovery will be better. My friend and I talked about it last night. And that's what we think. He had back surgery too. He was an Army medic and he got hit by an ied and messed him all up. He had MD on L3-L5 thru the VA. He is already slated for more surgery too. He tells me about how much relief he's gotten from it and how he would do it all over again, but he is worried because not all of the pain is gone and he still has issues that need addressed. We decided that we are gonna start goin on walks together and try to keep eachothers spirits up. Sounds weird though huh? 2 guys goin on walks together! It does sound funny! But then again who cares! My [email protected] [email protected] back hurts!

Well I hope you are all having a great Saturday! To those still fighting the good fight, stay positive, keep your head up, and always be marching forward! What ever doesn't kill us, makes our backs hurt! hahahaha

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