I have been dealing with lower back pain (L4/L5)off and on for a couple of years. I have had multiple MRI's, Xray's and also a discogram. I have tried PT and pain injections, nothing lasting very long as far as relief.
They tell me that I have DDD in those discs along with bulging , cracking and all kinds of other stuff. They are talking surgery.
Here is my dilema. On most days my back is sore. I play Volleyball once per week and it really doesn't bother my back. Work seems to bother it more, I am always on the move, up and down, always in motion.
On some days the pain is horrible, can't stand straight, cant sit, cant lie down.
In my mind I keep asking myself, how can surgery be in the picture if I can play volleyball? How much pain do I have to be in for surgery to be the right option. I have been wrestling with this for a long time. I figured it was time to get some input from those who have been in my shoes..