I've been suffering from pain in my lower back/buttock area for 8 months now. (I'm 19 years old) I've had accupuncture, visited an osteopath, physiotherapist, and had a nerve block injection. I went on a pretty active holiday over the summer and took cataflam anti-inflammatory tablets while there and was able to function almost entirely normally, including mountain treks and all, but that was a few months back and I only stayed on that medication for 40 days or so as I felt it wasn't healthy to live on them all the time! Anyway, my orthopaedic surgeon is now recommending an L5/S1 microdiscectomy as the only remedy he can now offer me. (I have a herniated disc there) Says there is an 85% success rate, after which I would be required to build up my core to support my height (i'm 6 ft 4).
I'm very reluctant to have full on back surgery so young without exhausting all my options, and I'm just wondering if anyone could share with me their experiences as to how they perhaps avoided surgery or if you know of anyone my age who may have successfully had the surgery.. Basically anything you can share with me would be much appreciated!