Posting here as I would really like to hear your stories if you had a similar problem to mine and how you managed to overcome the pain/hell. It would be really great to know of others with disc injuries who also lead a very active lifestyle at quite a young age but any help would be welcome. I'm 24 and before my injury/condition I lead a very active lifestyle, being a student gave me so much time to focus on weight lifting and pole fitness aswel as a job as a dancer.
I'm 24 and the pain started on the 19th September this year. I dropped something on the floor, bent down to pick it up and as I stood up I felt a twinge in my lower back. Not thinking anything of it I went to work later that day and took some pain killers. As time went on the pain got worse until I lost the feeling in my legs, I was taken to A&E to be told it was just a back sprain and to rest up, being a stubborn mule I decided to work a week later with a lot of pain killers in my system. I did this for two weeks until I couldn't cope with the pain anymore so I booked in to see an Osteopath who sent me for an MRI. The findings reported Degenerative Disc disease at L4/5 and L5/S1 and mild multilevel facet joint degeneration. Noted that both disc protrusions are shallow and central but with no evidence of neural compression. To me it was pretty horrific at the age of 24 I really didn't think I was ever going to be able to do anything again. My osteopath was hopeful and believed it wasn't as bad as he thought but 6 weeks with him I didn't feel like I was getting anywhere.
At this point I was recommended a chiropractor, I did a lot of research into this before going to see one and was quite worried of all the horror stories but I was at the end of my tether. After my first visit he took some X-Rays which showed my posture was really quite horrific due to walking around sticking my bum out for most of my life he said it kind of made sense that I was having trouble. I decided to give it a go and for the last 6 weeks it was getting better but extremely slowly and I was being told that I was being impatient. Perhaps I was a little bit when you are having to take enough pain killers just to be able to walk it really messes with your head and knocks you out for six. I was given Naproxen, tramadol, diazepam and pregablin alongside my normal dose of mitazapine and stomach acid tablets laprazanole. A week ago today I decided enough was enough and I'd let these tablets control my head for too long so I read an article on topical treatments for back pain which mentioned about using ibroprofen gel with menthol (Vicks vapour rub) on top so I decided I was going to try it and that day gave it a whirl and came off my medication. A week on I've had no pain and am feeling pretty damn good.
I believe a lot of my pain was my muscles in spasm and using the gel it hit the pain straight away, I also started to change things for the better and was drinking 3litres of water a day which was a big change from Coca-cola and started walking and stretching. I am now back in the gym taking it easy but feeling happy again. My chiropractor is very positive that I will be able to return back to work and enjoy all the things I did before but it would be really great to hear from you if you have been in a similar situation with an active lifestyle in any sports. I hope within time I will be able to get back on the pole and enter a competition.