Oh dear me, yes....some of the worst pain I've ever had! I feel for you.
Like Robin, I had to have a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy, almost 2 years ago. The same spot that had been the bane of my existence for years suddenly went "POW!!" when I turned over in bed one morning (disc rupture.) Six weeks and 2 steroid injections later, I had the surgery.
I have some permanent nerve damage, too - but it's NOTHING like the pain before. I'm still on a low dose of Hydrocodone, and Gabapentin for the pain and nerve damage. But I walk around normally...my legs, especially the left one, doesn't feel like it used to, but at least I'm mobile.
I would say ** be very careful, don't push it! ** - and I wouldn't go to a chiropractor, myself. (I actually did, twice, the week before my disc ruptured, because that area was feeling particularly numb and out of whack.) Try to get an MRI as soon as possible, so you know what you're dealing with.
I used an electric cart in stores for months...now only when I'm especially pooped or in pain - very rarely.
Good luck to you!
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Fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, discectomy L4-L5 - (w/lots of Sciatic Nerve damage), frozen shoulder, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, IBS, migraine, dizziness (mostly from visual stimuli), elevated liver enzymes, tachycardia, hearing loss (probably Menieres).