I'm a 23 year old endurance athlete. I was diagnosed with tendonitis on my knees several years ago and my doctor advised me to stop training. Me being young, I completely ignored his advice. Soon after, I started suffering from chronic back pains. Just a few days ago, I started experiencing severe lower back pains. So, I went to the doctor for an xray and found out that there is a defect on my lumbar area of my spine. They don't have a definite diagnosis, but they listed several, like spinal arthritis. I have an appointment with a rheumatologist this weekend for an exact diagnosis.
I've been an active person all my life and I can't bare the fact that I might have to stop running. If anyone has any experience or knows anyone that has dealth/cope with this change, please share.