My name is Stephanie and I'm new here. Before I ask what I'm looking for... let me give you some background on my condition.
I'm a very active 25 year old with no kids. 2 years ago, I started feeling this sharp pain in my back every morning that got progressively worse over the months until I finally went to the doctors in April of 2008. I had a MRI and was diagnosed with a herniated disc at L4/L5 and a bulging disc at L5/S1. This is NOT caused by any underlying condition such as DDD, etc. My doctor referred me to physical therapy which I completed from May-July of 2008. This did not help at all. In July of 2008, I was referred to a physiatrist for a cortisone injection. I found this very helpful put the pain ended up returning months later. I also tried manipulation and decompression. As the time went on, the shots lasted less and less time and they weren't as effective at pain relief. Here I am now, about to have my 5th cortisone injection tomorrow since August of 2008. Each time I flare up the disc is worse than the time before. I reherniated 4 weeks ago... was out of work for 2... and now I'm moving but in a lot of pain and can't really do anything other then work. My doctor and I just don't understand why this keeps happening to me. Here's why:
I'm not overweight. I don't smoke. I have no family history of back problems. I work with a certified personal trainer 4x a week on core strengthening, low impact cardio and mild weight training. I don't wear high heels. I bought a Temperpedic mattress and a car with lumbar support. I even have an ergonomically correct chair at work.
Each time I flare up is worse than the time before. I've never had to go to the hospital before this past time! The pain was that bad!
So I'm sorry for blabbing and thank you for reading all this!
I guess what I'm looking for is to see if anyone has had a similar experience with trying ALL the conservative treatments and getting no results. Where did you go from here? Also, has anyone without DDD undergone surgery such as a discectomy? How did that turn out?
Thank you so much for reading and I appreciate any help or guidance!!