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Back Problems board

I have had two discectomies in the past 2 years on my L5. The last herniation was so large that I now have what they think is permanent nerve damage. My right buttock is numb along with the back of my right thigh and also areas on my right groin. I have severe sciatic pain down the right leg as well. The last surgery was in Oct 07.

Epidural injections and vicodin are the only things that get me through the days. I am currently a stay-at-home mom with my 2 and 3 year old. I had to give up my freelance work as a graphic designer because I cannot sit at my desk for more than a few minutes without being in terrible pain. (I tried to stand and work, but it just didn't work for my type of computer work).

I want to pursue a nursing degree, but have been putting it on hold until I get my back pain under control. I would like to take a few courses in the next couple years to start the process. I can study in bed if need be. BUT, I don't know if this dream of becoming a nurse is possible. My doctors have me on very tight restrictions : no working out, no lifting over 20lbs, no heavy cleaning..no just about anything. My L5 is currently buldging again along with L4 now. I also have DD in both discs. My last MRI also showed an annular tear, but my doctors have not mentioned anything regarding this.

Does anyone have any advice on this? Will I be disabled for the rest of my life? Will I ever be able to pursue this new career choice or even be able to return to my current field which requires me to sit at a desk for extended periods of time?

Thanks for listening.