I will appreciate all your advises or personal experiences that you could share with me regarding my concern.
First of all, I have been diagnosed last year with osteochondrosis of lumbosacral with protrusions of the disks L4-L5 and L5-S1 with Shmorel's nodule in L5-S1.
My main concern is about pregnancy and how bad pain can be and what will be after. I had physical therapy and even right now have to take once in awhile some painkillers, always have sciatica down my right leg (burning and stretching painful and tight feeling, main pain is in my right side of buttocks). The doctors also told not to lift anything over 5lbs and basically follow the rule of BLT (no bending, lifting or twisting).
I am scared to get pregnant because of the potential back problems that it will be even worse so I have decided not to have any children but then I feel even more worse that I am trying to be selfish or something. But then if I will get worse and less active and be always on pills than what can I give a baby who will need an active mother, this thinking kills me. I was gymnast in the past so going to the gym it's like a breathing for me, I can not jog anymore but do exercise on a daily basis to make my core muscles stronger as well as swimming. So please share your personal experience with similar back issues!