I am new to the website and I have a long story about what happened. I will keep it short as possible. I was working in a kitchen for 8 months. After 8 months of doing dishes/leaning over I slipped a disc during a soccer game.I was 23 years old at the time. This was in September 2001. I didn't know I slipped a disc. I felt it but did not know what it was and paid no attention. I continued working in the kitchen and playing soccer that week. 1 week later during another soccer game the disc slipped again and it hurt more this time. I remember getting out of the car after the game and my left leg being numb, I almost fell over. Again, I did not know it was a slipped disc. I thought it was something minor and would go away. I still worked in the kitchen leaning over in pain doing dishes every day for hours. It got so bad I had to stop playing soccer but I was still working in the kitchen until December when I went back home for a 2 week vacation. I was home for two weeks relaxing and even played a little soccer after a 10 days. I went back to work in the dreaded kitchen. My second day back I felt a snap. I broke a pedicle in my back. This was in January 2003. Anyway long story short, I have been in pain and I feel like I am 65 years or older. Since I broke the pedicle in my back things have started happening to my body. My hair started falling out, my vision became blurry, I now wear glasses after having perfect 20/20 vision before the injury. There are many other things that have happened as well but I don't want to scare anybody. I first saw a doctor after the broken pedicle and they saw a slipped disc and I started doing physical therapy but all of it just hurt more. The doctors said they could not see a reason for the pain etc... I thought, oh its back pain and this is what people have. My soccer career is over and I'll just deal with it. I guess I'll just live with it. I did try to exercise and did a few times throughout the years but now its like I just want to lay in bed and not move. I went to a German Doctor in 2007 and asked if he could help. After my 4th or 5th MRI he decided to do a discography, on the L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc. The L4-L5 disc stung just a little bit, not much. When the L5-S1 disc was injected with the iodine I imagine that's what an electrocution feels like. It was by far the most intense pain I have ever felt in my life. It sent shock waves of pain through my nervous system but the pain was centralized to the disc.
Does this mean the disc is just totally damaged beyond all repair?
The doctor thought an IDET might help so he did that but it brought no relief what so ever. The IDET was done in 2007.
I have not had surgery because the doctor who has his own back clinic in Germany gave me three options and didn't seem like he knew which one to do. What was I supposed to do throw a dart and which ever one of the three was hit, choose that one? I have seen many doctors and I am ready for a some type of surgery now. According to the discography I think that I would need a disc replacement right?
This was one of the options he gave me.