In 1975 I tumbled down a mountain while skiing. Thinking it was nothing more than any other fall, I got up and continued skiing. By that night, I developed back pain and within two days I had sciatica and pain runing down my left eye. I couldn't stand, sit and walking was painful.
I treated myself with pain medications, heat wraps, Ben-Gay, hot showers, etc. with no resolution. After one week I consulted an orthopedic physician. I was diagnosed with a slipped disc at L-4-5. Living alone was not an option, so I moved back to my parents house for complete bed rest for 6 weeks with traction belt around my waist with 3 lb weights hanging off the end of the bed, Valium and pain medication. I was 24 years old.