In December, I started having lower back pain and ignored it until mid January when it started hurting a lot. I saw an osteopath (which didn't help much) and said I might have a disc injury. So I went to a Sports Med clinic and they told me to do physiotherapy and get an MRI. At this point, I only had sharp pains in my back and buttocks (sometimes thigh). I started physio and pretty much told me to fix my posture and gave me several MacKenzie exercises. I did physio for 2 months and nothing changed so I finally did the MRI. I was actually getting better by that point when I did not have to take any painkillers. I've been taking Robaxacet platinum (ibuprofen + methocarbamol) daily. I got the MRI result and had an L5/S1 herniated disc. I kept doing physio and about 4 weeks ago pain started shooting to my calf and ankle. Mornings were the absolute worst. Been taking robax twice a day, it helps a bit but keeps coming back. At this point, I stopped the stretches the physio gave me and saw a surgeon who pretty much said my case is not severe since I dont have nerve damage or numbness or pins/needles. just sharp pains. He said I dont absolutely need surgey but I can do it if I want and that I will eventually get better in 1-2 years! I've tried a chiropractor and nothing so far. What else can I do? Decompression therapy? Steroid injections (heard it was ineffective)? I just want to get back to normal. I'm a ball hockey player (3x a week) and go to gym (2x week). I stopped doing it in december. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks so much.