Hello! I am new to this website, but not new to the effects of back pain. I have suffered from constant pain daily for the past 7 years. I am only 21 now. All the orthopedic doctors every told me was to do exercises and take pain medication and anti inflammatory pills. I was told that I had IT band problems and tendinitis. I have recently gone to a chiropractor who has helped so much with my pain. He asked me to get a MRI. I am now told that I have a 11 mm bulge in my L5 S1 disc. To be honest my neurosurgeon appointment is next week, but I was too impatient to post for advise. I am told by my chiropractor that the bulge is hitting my nerves and is the root to all my pain. I am fairly confident in my ability to recover because I am young and healthy, but I have never been so scared in my life. Is there any advice that you can give me? I would like the blunt truth. No matter the negative message. Should I see a neurosurgeon or a orthopedic dr? Should I try to work with a chiropractor or go into surgery? Is this something I will have to suffer through my whole life or is there an answer? Thank you for reading this and I hope you take time to help answer my questions and hopefully calm some nerves and make a good decision.