Figured out a had a herniated disc almost 3 years ago now. Its the L5-S1 I believe.
It doesn't bother me too much most of the time, even though I guess its a pretty badly deteriorated disc. Every 4 months or so I do something weird to tweak it, then it bothers me a lot for a couple weeks and dies back down. I only have a tiny bit of aching in my leg when it flares up, but mostly in my back.
I've been attempting to strengthen it for the last year'ish after PT taught me how.
Lately I've been trying to get back into really exercising more... but that seems to have caused it to start flaring up. I just saw a specialist and he said still wouldn't consider surgery. But man talking to him left me feeling bleak. Basically told me that it will keep deteriorating and likely get worse over time. And that the surgery still leaves you with pain. The fusion sounds awful. Almost like it doesn't really work out for anyone.
Does everyone with a herniated disc eventually get put out of commission activity wise? I don't want to be a crippled dad (no kids yet... just 28). I'd like to stay active. Play backyard football/baseball with the friends.
Does PT ever really get anyone back in the game? What's the deal with artificial discs... they seem so much smarter than fusions? Inversion tables? Decompression? Is a fusion a couch-sentence. Is it really just all downhill and pain management from here?
Frustrated because the rest of my body is fine. If it stays where it is I can handle it. if its only going to get worse than what can someone really do?