This is my first post on any message board.
I did not have a specific injury the led to my back pain. I have been told it is likely just a combination of genetics and lifestyle. I used to be an avid horseback rider. I had a L4/5 diseconomy in 1998. I put it off as long as possible and was in constant, severe pain prior to surgery. It provided relief. I only had minor, periodic bouts of pain. I had a diseconomy lower then my previous one, I don't recall where, in 2003. The pain relief was not as good I tried all non surgical options that I could find until the steroid injections in 7/2006 provided relief. I have been more or less pain free aside from the periodic need for oral steroids and short term pain medication. About 2 months ago my pain began to increase in intensity and frequency. L4/5 is herniated again and I have a bulging disc as well. My MRI report states that I have DDD and stenosis tool. All problems have progressed since my 2005 MRI.
I was only 26 the first time I had to address this problem. I can't get a straight answer form my pain management Dr as to a realistic long term prognosis or progression. I hope for more information from the surgeon on 15 Feb. Based on my experience and the information I find on message boards I anticipate that my pain will increase in frequency and intensity over the years and likely require more surgeries.
Any input would be appreciated.