Hey guys, I have been lurking for awhile and decided to join. My name is Kip, I am also a member on adrsupport incase anyone else knows me. I am 23 I work on the floor of a Fitness center here in TN. I have been active my entire life, and recently - October of last year I injured my lower back or herniated my disk, i've heard collapsed or compressed L5-S1.
I have exercised or worked out ever since I can remember and its strange not to do the things we love. Run, Bike etc.. I hurt it doing a routine exercise and so be it.
I have had antiimflamatorys, PT, (3 Epididurals, well 4 i guess had one Tuesday), a discogram, and now am considering my options. I have ruled out a disk replacement as I don't believe they will last for a young person currently, but I have been considering fusion at that level due to how much motion occurs, although I am worried about adjacent level disk degeneration, and well it just not working.
Pain is at lowerback, sciatica at my hips to my feet. Its funny I dont know if its from exercising or when I got into an allied health program at school and had to carry mucho sized books. At any rate I hope to learn.
My doc recently told me (neuro), at my age he would prefer I wait , and surgery should be when I just cant take it anymore, because of the progress with stem cells, now i dont mind paying that $ for regenexx but im not convinced that its 100% yet.
Nice to meet you all.