I am a very healthy person, and this is the first time that I was in so much pain...
Here is a short summary of my story:
It has been 4 years that I have one episode of back pain every winter for 3-4 days, and then it goes away... The pain felt like muscle spams...
Last Thursday, I had one of those episodes but on Sunday my pain was improving and not that bad. I went to the grocery shop and when lifting one bag, I felt a sharp and violent pain in my back! I went back home with difficulties, took some ibuprofen (800 mg) and went to bed.
The day after, I couldn't move and stand up... I was so much in pain, HORRIBLE! I had to crawl on the floor to the kitchen to get some ibuprofen (800 mg). I went to see my doctor with this severe pain, he gave me Prednisone which helped me a lot, and advised me X-Rays and MRI.
MRI results showed :
-A mild annular bulging of the disc at L4-5
-Annular bulging of the disc at L5-S1 with small protrusion of the disc material.
I can't go to work until January 21st and need physical therapy...
My brother had the same condition and he ended up getting surgery, and I want to avoid that!!!
I am looking for a good physical therapist expert in DDD so all your advices, experiences are very welcome...
I am French and have a hard time to understand the healthcare system here. Is it better to go to the hospital for physical therapy or other small businesses... How to make sure that you are treated by experts???
Thanks for your help!!!!