I'm 21 years old and was as healthy as a 21 year old male could be. Back in April I began to have very light lower back pain but by the end of that same week I was crippled with the most excruciating pain I've ever experienced, and I've been through a lot. It literally brought to my knees, I could barely move my body because any slight twitch sent shooting daggers through my lower back.
After an x-ray and some pain killers, I was turned away by the hospital with the diagnosis of a pulled muscle, which I knew was ludicrous. I received little help from the several other physicians I saw after that, and it took 6 weeks of this pain before I could finally convince my doctor to order me an MRI. A couple weeks later I got the MRI and the results showed that my L2-L3 disc had apparently been reduced to a small pebble-sized lump with no explanation. One Dr. couldn't make heads or tails of a healthy 21 year old having such significant spinal damage, and another jumped to the conclusion that I had discitis, despite the fact that my white cell count was normal, I'd had no fever at the outset of pain, nor was my back punctured at any point. He ordered me a back brace and said, "this will heal soon, the bones will fuse". I don't even know if that's true.
Anyway, I've been wearing a back brace since early July. The pain did reduce some around the end of May but it hasn't gotten any better since then. Sitting or standing for too long causes severe inflammation, and as far as exercise goes, forget about it. It's been five months since this started, I've experienced next to no improvement and I'm getting very little help from any doctors, some don't even think my case is worth looking into. I don't know who or where to turn to anymore. This whole situation has run me ragged and I feel rather hopeless. It really is negatively impacting my life. Mobility is painful, I can't exercise, play sports, hike, hunt, or even perform my job. Sorry for the sob story, but I'm at the end of my rope and don't know where else to turn.
Is there anyone who can help me?