I have been a long time viewer of the forum with this being my first post. I am 28 years old and have had chronic lower back pain since I was about 16. About once a year I would experience an episode that would affect me for a few months (Dr always blamed it on a bulging Disc) and after taking it easy for while I would start to feel better. Two years ago, after working out at the gym, I bent over to pick up my gym bag and my back completely went out. I was severely locked up with a giant lateral shift of my lower spine. I had an MRI which showed degenerative disc disease, a bulge a L4-L5 and a herniation at L5-S1. For the past two years I have tried numerous conservative measures, but have never gotten the pain to completely go away. Now every few months I experience terrible muscle spasms and the reoccurring shift of my spine. I am a very active person and am not sure I can continue to live like this.
Here is the question that I really have not been able to find through my research. Does anyone have experience with a surgical procedure for a posterior-lateral herniation, specifically with the pain localized the lower back? I do not have any have any pain running down my legs, but do sometimes experience radiating pain into my butt and hips. I have read numerous articles regarding the effectiveness of disectomy for the relief of nerve pain, but not so much for patients with pain strictly in the lower back. My pain is isolated (when not in spasm) to the left side of L5-S1, and it seems something is protruding causing this pain. I have had multiple knee surgeries and know that surgery is a non-favorable option, but at this point I am not sure what to do.
Any help is appreciated.