I am a 32 year old male with back pain and numbness and tingling in my left leg. This all started when I collided with another player while playing basketball – 6 months ago. At first it was just the low back pain and then a couple weeks later my leg pain started. I went to my GP and he told me take it easy and see what happened – he gave me some pain killers and muscle relaxer (which I didn’t take because I want to know what I was dealing with) and to come back in a couple of weeks if I didn’t feel better. When I went back to him with the same symptoms, he did and MRI and gave me a steroid dose pack. The steroids did nothing and the MRI showed 2 herniated discs L4-5 and L5-S1. I am now doing physical therapy and I am feeling a little better, but I am still in pain. I can work (desk job) but I am not able to do the fun stuff I used to.
My father had his first surgery 20 years ago (almost the same age as I am now) – he now has had 5 back surgeries and needs to use a wheelchair when he has to walk more than a block.
I don’t want to go down the surgery path if I can help it – does anyone out where have advice on other options? Any advice/experience is appreciated.