I've been reading around on the forum and in general regarding my recent injury and I decided it might be easier to ask the direct questions in relation to my case.
I was doing pause squats a month ago and a sharp pain shot through my lower back. Form was good and I am fairly young (24)
After yesterday's MRI it turns out I have a disc protrusion (bulged) on L3/L4, L4/L5 and L5/S1 with a depth of 3mm (and my discs are "lowered" unnaturally, not sure what that implies)
Honestly, the pain has never been too much. At worst it was a 5 or 6/10 and mostly it is just some weakness in the lumbar region and occasional twinges sent to my left side. .
So, I was hoping to find out about my chances of getting back to normal
1) Will I ever be able to lift again? I never plan to be competitive but powerlifting has become a much enjoyed hobby of mine
2) Given my pain levels and the "size" of the bulge, is there any chance this might get worse to the point of needing surgery?
3) Do the "weakened" walls of the disc heal?
Thanks for any and all help