Hello all! I have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for about nine years since a car accident. I recently had an MRI and I am showing both bulging and herniated discs in my lower back. I have tried steroid injections, PT, and acupuncture. All of these have made little to no difference in my lower back pain. I am only 28 yrs old. and can no longer deal with this excrutiating pain and it has severly dampered my way of life, even the simplest of things as sitting in a movie theatre are no longer bearable. I have the most pain when sitting and I do have numbness that travels down the back of both of my legs. My MRI also shows that my bulging disk is compressing the right L4 and L5 nerve roots. Pain meds seem to make no difference either.
I am scared to undergo surgery but it seems that it might be my only hope......... Any words of encouragement or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks