New member here. Looking for some advice before going through with treatment. A little background on the situation. January 2011, I injured my lower back power lifting at the gym. I'm an avid weight lifter who works out 5 times a week. This was my first back injury. I was 26 at the time. Symtoms were soreness in the lower back all the time and the lower back was tender to the touch all the time. Additionally, sitting was uncomfortable and sometime painful. I saw a orthopedic specialist who said I had a lumbar strain and sent me to PT for 2 months. The PT didnt make things better so I went to another highly recommended specialist who believed I had herniated a disc and sent me for an MRI. The results were that I had herniated L5/S1 (not terribly) and injections were recommended as treatment. I received 4 epidurals between October 2011 and April 2012. After the last 2 injections I had no pain and felt great. I was cleared to go back to my normal life and lift weights again. I changed my workout routine and decided to stop power lifting to be safe and just workout like any regular person. I was completely fine until the begining of this month when I was lifting some boxes at work and I got a TERRIBLE pain going down my left leg. I went back to the specialist who I had seen last and was sent for another MRI. The results of the MRI were that I herniated L5/S1 even more and now it is impinging on the S1 nerve route. I discussed treatment options with this specialist and he believes that even though the problem is worse now, that I should try 2 more injections. We did discuss surgery but he is trying to shy me away from surgery because of the 5-7% chance that I will hurt myself again even after I recover from surgery.
I'm looking to get some advice from people who have been down this road before. Should I try the shots again, even though the problem got worse after the last shots? I feel the shots just masked my pain and hence I reinjured myself. OR do I go for surgery and hope that after I heal I am able to workout again and live a normal life? Thanks!