I'm a 29 y.o. male that experienced back pain dating back to 1997ish due to sports injuries. I'm pretty active and workout 3-5 times/week. I got promoted to a desk job in March 2008 and that's when things got really bad for me and I could barely sit down due to lower back/sciatica (right leg) pain.
A MRI revealed a bulged L4-L5 and herniated L5-S1 discs. I tried a chiro at first and hated it. The pain was so unbearable I did a series of 3 cortison injections, the last one occuring in November 2008. The pain over the past year has been managable but annoying. I was going to a acupunture/massage guy and that has helped, although I haven't been back in a few months.
What I'd like to read up in the immediate future is about any information about Upper Cervical treatment, since I'm scheduled to meet w/ a Dr. about it this weekend. I'd also like reviews/advice on a good bed mattress. The last thing I'd like to know is about core training. I wanted to change my workouts to do less weights and more core/pilates type stuff. Am I going to experience more pain at first? what are good dvds? Is it safe to do due to my lumbar problems? etc.
I appreciate any advice/into/links. Time to go search the forum for answers, thanks for your time!