I injured myself while lifting a heavy printer at work in February of 2014, since then I have felt pain in my lower back for the past couple months. I did go to a chiropractor which did help me a lot. But recently (June 15, 2014) my back just gave out and felt like I was back to square one on the pain. I have also gone to massage therapy, and also acupuncture. To help with my pain. So far it has been 6 months and I still feel the pain from my left buttock down to my left leg. I would have to rotate my hip so the pain doesn't hurt me that much. The current pain level I would say is about a 2 on a scale of 5.
(Update) August 7 months with pain
I got some X-rays and an MRI done. The result small herniation in T12-L1, and L3-L4 and two major two herniated discs in my L4--L5, L5-S1
T12-L1: There is a shallow slightly right paramedian disc protusion measuring 2mm in AP diameter which effaces the ventral thecal sac. A small tear is present. No significant central canal or neural foraminal stenosis.
L3-L4: A shallow disc extrusion is present which measures 2mm in AP diameter and migrates approximately 4 mm inferior to superior endplate of L4 and effaces the ventral thecal sac. There is slightly increased linear fluid signal within the posteriror disc compatible with a small annular tear. This is associated with mild narrowing of the central canal with the Ap diameter measured at approximately 8mm. No significant foraminal stenosis is present
L4-L5: A moderate-sized left paramedian disc extrusion is present measuring 7mm in AP diameter. The inferior portion of the extruded disc migrates approximately 7mm inferior to the superior endplate of L5. The extruded disc takes an oblique course and effaces the left lateral recess resulting in severe stenosis of the left lateral recess. This appears to abut and posterior displaces the left S1 nerve root within the central canal. No significant neural foraminal stenosis is present.
L5-S1: A small right paramedian disc extrusion is present which measures approxmately 3 mm in AP diameter and migrates approximately 2mm inferiror to the superiror endplate of S1. This result in moderate stenosis of the right lateral recess and encroaches upon/adults the bypassing S1 nerve root on the right.
and the surgeon is requesting surgery. The surgeon is requesting surgery because I am currently twisting because of the herniated disc. I also found out I have scoliosis (Mild to Moderate). Did not twist before the injury and he believes if I don't take my herniated disc out my back could possibly lock up and I could be twisted permanently. I am scared because I never had to do surgery before.