Hello all. So for something like 2 years (I'm currently 18) I've had a slight "discomfort" in my lower back. After maybe the first 5 months of the discomfort (which would turn to pain when I lifted weights, especially during exercises such as squats), I went to my pediatrician for a check-up (needed for high school wrestling) and I asked him about it but he dismissed it as a pulled muscle and said it would go away with time. Months later the feeling was still there. Fast forward to 6 months ago and I went to a back doctor (I think Dr. Romano in Plantation, FL), and he came to the conclusion that I had a pars fracture on one of my lower vertebra (the left side) and a minor fracture on the right side. He referred to it as a scotty-dog fracture? I don't remember everything exactly at the moment because I'm at university for the first time. But anyways, I was going to have to wear a back brace for 4 months which I finished wearing about a week ago.
I was hoping that my discomfort would be gone, but I still feel it. It's began to make me worry a lot because I don't want to go through my life with this. I want to be able to be active and lift weights and play sports, but I'm scared I won't be able to ever do this again. I've lost a great amount of muscle mass due to this (which sucks for a teenage guy) and it really makes me feel desperate to just find a quick solution for my back.
I don't want to go to the doctor again, only because I feel guilty that my parents are paying for it. I don't want to put the stress on them so I'm coming here for any advice any of you have to offer. Should I continue wearing my back brace? If so for how long? Is there surgery for this? Surgery would be a last resort for me; I'm kind of scared of it.
I also just remembered, a few months before the visit to the back doctor, I went to play dodgeball with some of my friends, and when I twisted my back to throw the ball I had one of the worst pains in my back I can think of. It hurt so much and the pain didn't go away for like 2 weeks. Maybe that made my back way worse than it already was.
Also, I'll be home again in about a week because my semester is going to end, and I have the DVD (or CD?) with the bone scan images on it, so if any of you would like me to upload the files just let me know.
Thank you for any and all advice you have to offer.