I've had two microdiscectomies on my L4/L5, the first when I was 16 and the second a year ago, at 23. After three months after the second surgery I resumed my normal active lifestyle, only to have the pain return last week (1 year 5 months after second surgery). I have started biking a lot and my back felt tired, but then I got the stomach flu and the vomiting pulled something in my back. It's the same pain i've had both times I was told I needed surgery, leading me to believe I've re-ruptured the disc. The biggest problem for me is that I'm currently living in Chile, although I think I would not consider surgery again in the US either, after going through that experience twice only to have it re-rupture. I also worry about a fusion because i'm young. So I need solutions on how to deal with the pain. It radiates down my left leg, starting in my left butt cheek. They have physical therapy, pilates, yoga, etc here. I could also try to get an inversion table or see if a pilates studio has one. In the past, I used surgery as my solution as this pain, but it's clear I need to find a way to somehow live an enjoyable comfortable life with this problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!