I am new to the Forum was wanted others advice.
I am 32 years old. Active person - weight lifting 4 times a week and football twice a week before I injured my back.
I was lifting weights at gym in last week of Jan this year and had serious back in my back. Dropped weights and struggled to move. Was in agony. After sleeping that night I woke up in agony. Pain in lower back and all the way down my right leg from buttock to calf.
I spoke to doctor who prescribed meds: Diazepam, Co-codamol & Naproxne.
Took these for a month and pain level was still high. I say a Physio as advised by doctor - they tried acupuncture and told me to do some stretches. They also told me to keep training at gym and if in pain stop! I did go once and after few minutes pain was back so never returned. After 6 weeks in to this pain level had gone down but still hurting (about 6 out of 10).
I went back to doc end of March - told to see consultant - he did MRI - confirmed bulging disc (L5-S1) that causing pain - recommend cortisone shot - which I took the following week. After that I was back in pain and told to take the same meds as before. I am off diazepam but taking Naproxne and Co-codamol to this did. I saw constant last week and he said the flexion in my right leg was better as I could get it to 90 degree, only get it to 45 when I saw him first time. It's been 3 week since the injection and pain was awful this weekend and today. Consultant has told me to come back in 3 weeks to check on my progress. He doesn't recommend surgery as bulge is not significant enough and another shot at this stage. He said keep at meds and stretching.
I know I'm not alone here but would like to hear your opinions or if you experience the same. I badly want to play sports again and even picking up my daughter causes pain at the end of the day. It's been almost 3 months and am still suffering. Is there something I've missed I should be doing or not doing? Will I ever play football again or get back to lifting weights?
It's really getting me down at this stage.