About a year or so ago I hurt my back initially doing deadlifts. It was my fault thinking I could do more then I could. Did a large amount and put it up w/ relative ease and was inspired to do more and more until whoops too much.
Anyways I've had on and off backpain until about 3 months ago when I did legs real hard one day, ever since then I have had chronic lower back pain and radiating pain down my right leg. I go to the dr do PT for a month, do deep tissue massage for a couple weeks. nothing is fixing this. So I get referred for a Xray and MRI. My xray comes back normal and clean.
My MRI results with me having a Bulging disc, narrowing of the spine and narrowing of the space between my disc.
So I go to a spine specialist today and he basically told me I will have to stop working out. He said to take a vacation from working out and just do water aerobics and things like that. From what he was saying it seemed that he meant permanently. He said overtime I will just have to adjust to doing different kinds of workouts. He said absolutely no deadlifts or squats or things that will put pressure on my lower back.
I will be going in to get a epidural in about 2 weeks. From what I have been reading on these forums, they are filled with people who got no relief from the epidurals, had a terrible experience because of the pain, and people actually experiencing worse pain.
Should I be doing this? At the moment the pain is not that bad. It only hurts when I try to bend over at the waist and then I get the shooting pains. It seems a bit better from when I hurt it the first time. Those first days were terrible I could not put on my socks or shoes without laying on my bed and bringing my legs back.
From reading these forums I have decided maybe I should just take a complete break from any lifting or exercise and just do light swims every couple days. I am only 20years old and dont want to have this injury for the rest of my life.
Any advice on workouts I can do or options I have at this point besides doing a epidural? Do you think a epidural is a good idea for me? I'm a 20yr old male, in great physical shape. My life revolves around sports and physical things, I am so scared to lose those. Even being off weights and basketball for a few days now is killing me and wanting me to go fight through the pain.