About 7 months ago I injured my back doing squats. I did a triathlon right after but the pain finally went away within a week or 2. Stupidly I did squats again and the next day was bad couldn't hardly get out of bed. Well, a couple days later it started getting better but then I mowed my nanas yard which is a rock yard and beats your back to death. The next day I couldn't end over. I was in the ROTC in college and had to drop it bc the running would just flare it up. It was just hurting on my right side so I thought it was a bulging disc or something. I had never heard of a pars fracture. I ended up going to center of sports medicine spine specialist. He thought he seen a break in the X-ray so ordered me to get an MRI. All that was on the report was very slight bulg at l4 or something. He told me to take 2 weeks off and start physical therapy. Those 2 weeks it started to feel a lot better. The physical therapy made it stronger but never took the pain away completely. It's been about 4 months since then, and I never thought anything about it really the pain was still there in my right side but I figured it might always be there. Well bout 3 weeks ago I was working out and the next day I woke up and it was killing me on my right and left side. 2 weeks ago I went and seen another specialist and he looked at my old MRI and said looks like you have a pars fracture which made me mad I mean how could the other doc have missed it!? He told me it prob wouldn't heal and to do whatever I want to on it. I just don't see that happening my back has been killing me after I injured it 3 weeks ago. Pain is getting a little better now but I sit in classes 8 hours a day for college and that kills it. I am so depressed bc I love working out, playing sports, marathons, triathlons. That's all I know and it feels like it's the end for me at 22. I'm to hound to feel like an old man. I am getting a ct scan tomorrow. I'm afraid to do anything on it now since I know it's broke. I feel like it can heal. A neurologist told me if the fractures are close together it has a chance to heal. Brace it and rest 3 to 6 months and maybe bone growth stimulator. I just want to feel normal again. It has been going on for 7-8 months now. Anybody else have any experience with these? What's the suggestion? Am I hanging on to hope of healing for nothing? I'd just like to feel normal again I don't want to live with this.