I have had back problems for the last 8 years. It started with picking up a towel out of the bathroom and going to my knees when an almost feeling of being electricuted ran down my legs and back. Ever since then I have had issues.
I started with a chiro, then eventually got injections in my back and it seemed to "fix" the issue.
About 5 years later the issues started again, after going to a Dr (orthopedic) and getting chiropractice type stuff + steroids I eventually went to a PT. The PT did nothing for me (6 mos) in fact I felt a little worse by the end of it.
I ended up going to a Chiro that someone had suggested. He had me doing exercises, stretches, plus typical back cracks, etc. I felt I was feeling a little better, but ended up suggesting another round of shots. So I did two more rounds and then got busy. The shots really did nothing. So I went back to my Dr, he is now suggesting I get surgery.
I am terrified of this. I am in pain 24 hours a day. I do my best to ignore it, but the mental aspect of ignoring pain is often worse than the pain itself. I am a fairly active guy, not obese or anything, and am unable to do many of the things I love. I have severe sciatic pain down my leg, with some numbness at times. The mornings are by far the worst, then the late evenings. Ibuprofen helps, but I don't like taking drugs, so I limit it.
I am rambling, but does anyone have any advice. I have heard nothing but bad things about back surgery and am terrified of going down that road.