I'm new to the board. I am (was) a very active and fit 32 year old male. I play hockey 1-2 times a week and a VERY avid golfer. DIY'er around the house and the last exercising I did before I herniated my disc was P90X.
August 12th, golfing on the 5th hole, teeing off-swung the club, felt a pop and completely out of commission like THAT. Spend the next 3 days laying on the floor and shuffling around like a 95 year old. 3 weeks later got a CT scan which read:
Vertebral alignment is normal. At L5-S1, a small focal left lateral/foraminal disc herniation is identified encroaching on the left neural foramen and elevating the left L5 exiting nerve root sleeve. Small posterolateral marginal spurs also contribute to the foraminal encroachment. The other visualized disc levels and facet joints are unremarkable. No fractures.
I have been through 6 PT sessions. I am moving around fine, but still have a "tooth ache" in my lower left back. I still feel slight numbing/tingling in my toes from time to time.
That is my sob story. I guess what I am wondering is...has anybody here had a similar diagnosis? Will life as I knew it (ie physical activity) continue? Or maybe someone understands the diagnosis on the scan and understands the severity? The issue is I haven't been told definitively by any of my doctors what my long term prognosis will be and I don't know anyone my age that has had this happen.
Its been roughly 4 months now. Not sure where I should be in recovery......Just really lost I guess.
Thanks to any and all responses.