I am a 26 year old male 5' 7" 175 lbs. I have been dealing with back issues for the last few years. I used to be a competitive powerlifter now I do crossfit 5-6 days a week for the last year and half. I deadlift and squat regularly sometimes in excess of 500 lbs. I usually "tweek" my back a couple times a year. I would have intense pain in my sciatic that would go down my legs into my calves. I would typically rest a few days go to the chiropractor and am good to go. The last year or 2 I have been dealing with tingling in the bottom of both my feet but never thought it to be my back and ignored it. 3 weeks ago I aggravated my back as usual and went to the chiropractor and figured I would feel better in a few days. My chiropractor decided he wanted an mri to see whats going on. I had had one 5 years ago and it showed a bulge in the L5-S1. These were the results of the most recent mri
1. L4-L5 and L5-S1 large broad based disk herniation causing diminution of the anterior subarachnoid space, narrowing lateral recess, bilateral foraminal stenosis and mass effect on the exiting nerve root sleeves.
2. L3-L4 somewhat left sided broad based disk herniation/annual tear causing diminution of the anterior subarachnoid space, narrowing of lateral recess and bilateral foraminal stenosis.
3. T12-L1 small bilateral disk herniation causing diminution of the anterior subarachnoid space.
I have an appointment with a pain management specialist next week. I am not in as in as much pain as I was just very uncomfortable with the occasional shooting pain down my glutes and the tingling in my feet has gotten much worse. So here are some questions I have for anyone that has gone through something similar.
1. Did the shots help?
2. If after the shots I feel better, what are my limitations? Do I have to continue to watch what I do or can I start trying to get back to my normal routine (wont be deadlifting or squatting anytime soon).
3. A lot of people tell me the shots are just a band aid and mask the problem. Is this true? If so what are some other options?
4. Will the shots make my situation better or just numb it?
-I will be asking my doctor all these questions when I see him I just want to hear what some people who have gone through back problems have to say. I completely understand that I will probably always have to be careful with what I do and know I did this to myself by ignoring my body and pushing it when I should have been resting. But working out is very therapeutic and a passion of mine and I would like to start getting back into some form of activity sometime soon. Not to mention im driving my wife nuts being cooped up in the house. I will appreciate any feed back.