Hi Milly Welcome to Healing Well Chronic Pain forum, it sounds like you are really miserable! You know if your having that much pain in your left hip and buttocks and leg and you know that your disk is badly herniated, well have they had you see a surgeon about it? I would think if it is bothering you that much, that surgery would be in order, and yes I can understand about the walking being difficult. I can understand why PT doesn't want to prescribe you a wheel chair, I bet your doctor won't want to do it either! But I would think your at the stage where something should be done. Because the herniated disk won't get better and if the nerve is being impinged upon, well that could get worse and then you might get permanent damage to it! Something to think about anyway. I sure would be talking with my doctor if I were you. And let him know the pain you are in! You should not have to suffer like that!
I do wish you well and hope you can get this resolved. Untill then be gentle with your self. Maybe a wheel chair would be good to have with you , if you wanted to walk a bit you could always use the wheel chair as a walker and put your purse and stuff in the chair while walking, when you get tired or hurt to much then you sit in the chair and enjoy the ride!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!