Hi i am 21 years old and i have a 8mm x 14mm x 14mm hernited disc on the L4-L5
Next month will be the one year mark since the work injury and my doctor and case worker wants to be done with my case
i have done 4 months of PT and one injection that did not relley help
I have a everyday pain lvl of around 3 (out of 10) but the problem is that i can't lift 30+ lbs of weight with out extra pain. And everytime i lift anything around 4 hours later my pain jumps up to around 5 or 6.
My doctor tells me that the only thing that he can do is surgery since the PT and injections arnt working.
He tells me that i can either live with the pain and go back to work. Or he will do surgery.
What do yall think. Everyone i talk to says that i am too young for surgery and it is the worst thing i can do. However i would like to get back to beable to lift items and not lay in bed at night in pain becasue i had to lift a box.