Pain clinic? When should you seek help?
I'm 24 years old and suffer from two herniated discs L4-L5 & L3-L4. I also have moderate to severe degeneration in these two disc that cause me a lot of achy pain and discomfort. I recently had a procedure called a percutaneous discotomy to try a less evasive way of helping the herniations. I did receive relief from the sciatic pain after the procedure. But i still have back pain from the degeneration in the two discs. The radiologist is a good family friend and said my back is "shot" which is quite worrisome. I've had epidurals and taken NSAIDS with no relief. My question is am I too young to see a pain specialist? I'm a student and going back to school this fall and am worried because sitting is the worst for me. I need to get some relief because by back is taking over my life and i want it back. I'm curious to see other's experiences with pain specialists and what ideas some of you might have.