Too Young for Sciatica

Hi, to everyone who reads this, my name is Ashleigh. I'm one of the many who suffers from sciatica.  The strange part is I'm only 17. Yes, 17 years of living and I'm suffering from sciatica. Believe it or not, but I've been dealing with it for almost 3 months now.

I've learned that sciatica is guaranteed to mess up your life and make you suffer as if you were in a horror movie. I never pictured myself having this. I didn't even know this existed.

It happened for 2 weeks.  The pain was in the middle of my butt and lower back, but it didn't hurt a lot until one night, on a Friday, the pain was so excruciating that I cried my eyes out. The pain traveled to the middle of my butt, down my right leg. I cried for 3 hours straight.

My sister told me if I stretch my leg, it would help me. I listened and it didn't help. I just ended up falling asleep crying. For the weekend, I could barely walk and kept falling over. I had to be rolled to the bathroom on a wheeled chair, which was very horrid.

Monday, I went to the E.R. and they clarified I had sciatica.   They put me on steroids for a week. I asked for a MRI and the E.R. doctor told me, "We can't give you one unless you go to the bathroom in your pants."

I couldn't believe they told me that.  The same week, I went to my doctor and you know what my doctor told me? "You've pulled a muscle from overdoing exercising and one side of your body is curvier than your other side.  Your spine seems to be out alignment."

I asked her if I should get an MRI and she told me, "It wouldn't be neccesary." So she send me away to the chiropractor. 

I went for 3 weeks and the pain increased. First, I thought, "Halleluiah!" because I made a 30% recovery in my left leg, but then it all crashed and burned. The next two weeks, neither of my legs would go as high anymore. I asked for an MRI and my chiropractor said I should, so I got one.

I have bulging discs in my T1, L1, L2, L3, L4, L5. These bulging discs are causing my sciatica. My chiropractor and doctor have confirmed that it looks like I've been in a extreme car accident, when I haven't.

Plus, my spine is curved more than it should be, and I have nodes. The nodes are increasing though, and I did some research on them because they're progressing on my spine, but I couldn't find specific info on them.

My doctor says don't worry about them, but how can I listen to her when she wouldn't listen to me the first time? The doctor has me on muscle relaxers, ibuprofen, vicodin, and another pain pill that starts with a P.

I'll be going to a physical therapist, but they scheduled me 2 weeks from now. I'm hoping for the best with the physical therapist, but who knows what will happen.  Fight the pain to whoever reads this.

Truly, Ashleigh

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