Ok so I am new to this site and desperately need someone to help me find a solution that worked for them... I am 21 years old and in college. I herniated a disc in my lower lumbar area (a very common one) moving furniture I don't know which one bc I forgot when the doc told me after reading my MRI. Let me explain this first I have always been very athletic and at a decent weight not overweight but not skinny either. I have been blessed even with a herniated disc after reading these forums to have full mobility still, the only thing I cant do is kick a soccer ball anymore(that hurts so bad sends mad pain through my leg) I can run, play sports, but will have pain later. I refuse to take medications other than advil, naproxen(which I hardly take for the pain unless I cant sleep) as I dont want to get addicted so I just suffer thorugh it... I have had 2 steroid injections and the first helped me a lot... Me being stupid and trying to be my normal self was feeling awsome and was on a path to a great recovery until I decided to go snowboarding and took a bad fall. So the pain came back and then I got my 2nd shot in the same spot didnt do much compared to the first shot. I havent tried PT yet and hear good things? and am going to go very soon. I have been dealing with a herniated disc for 2 years now. I am deeply considering surgery to eliviate the fustration when I try to sleep at night with butt and calf pain in my right leg. It is like a task before going to bed I have to bend down and my spine pops a little and feels really good almost like my spine gives a little room to breath and relieves the pressure on that disc I get into bed and move around like crazy trying to find a position that doesnt make me feel that butt pain(I crack my back too sometimes I know very bad right? but feels good). Once I fall asleep and wake up in the morning I feel no pain until I get out of bed its weird(how I have pain going to bed but once awake in the morning I feel no pain sleeping more but when I get out I have pain). I am so confussed about a herniated disc Ive been reading a lot and they say its supposed to cure itself in max 6months???!???! not my case I guess... I cant stand, walk around, or sit in a uncomfortable chair a lot without taking a break(doing the back popping thing,stretching). I dont know if that back popping thing is bad for me but it feels damn good when it pops...
So I tried Bikram Yoga once an the teacher swears by it bc she has 2 herniated discs and says thats why she can still walk today... Well after the class she said it going to hurt and wont see results until 2 months later and ohh man was I sore the next day but it felt good... I stopped going bc its an hr away and costs a lot of money and I am a college student. I need to go to PT and see if that will strenghten my back enough to eliviate my pain...
What I need is someone with experience to tell me their success stories that wern't surgical bc I would really try anything I can not to have surgery but sometimes this back pain is so depressing and draining sometimes I feel 60 when Im only 21.
-If I dont get surgery will it get worse???
-Will my nerves in my legs deteriorate if I dont do something surgical?
-Maybe I should get a thrid shot in a different location?? But are shots bad for you at all?
-I was thinking maybe an artificial disc replacement idk im fustrated...??
But I still remain thankful that I am still flexible and can move but wish the best for anyone with back pain bc I wish no one this terrible torture of pain and numbness.