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Hello Everyone L5 S1 Herniation here

Long time lurker on this forum, finally decided to sign up today. As the title says, I have a L5 S1 herniation which gives me a great deal of grief causing sciatic pain.

I am 21 years old, like to keep very active (go to the gym 4 - 5 times a week) and work quite a physical job, used to train strictly a powerlifting style training split for roughly 3 years, which is how I ended up with this injury. I do what I can now, pretty much just upper body workouts with minimal free weights usage, mostly isolation machines and lots of core work (Only planks because are the only thing that doesn't cause me pain, just been building up my time holding the position for.

My back has been bad for almost 9 months now despite trying chiropractic and physio treatment, with no signs of any improvement during this time. Looking back to when I first did it I would say the sciatic pain is worse now.
I am certain that I am going to go down the surgery route, as it is affecting me in such a big way in day to day life. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this, unfortunately I am on NHS so waiting times will be long.

Anyway, I have come on here just to hear from other peoples experiences in a similar situation to mine.
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