Hi all, first post on this website. Quick background on me, I am a 24 year old male that has been very active growing up. Played sports throughout childhood and baseball into college. I have always been very injury prone and have just contributed it to being 6'5" tall. But in the past 4-5 years I have developed low back pain that has become very frustrating and basically life changing. I had my first real "tweak" when I was 21 where the disc bulge must have finally hit the nerve and was the most pain I was ever in. Only took a week to two to get back on my feet. Then probably a year later I did it again but this time it took about two full months to become somewhat active again. Ever since then it's been hard to go more than a month without some sort of back problem.
I've had an MRI done and it showed "partial disc protrusion at L4 L5 and L5 S1". Been to rheumatologist, back specialist, chiropractors, did six weeks of PT, but still NO REAL ANSWERS. I get very frustrated because I have completely changed up my workout habits(haven't squatted or dead lifted in years) and how active I am, but still seem to have a ton of issues. I've been suffering from back spasms in my thoracic spine the past few days and now my low back is bothering me and it felt fine before the spasm!!! If it's not one thing, it's another thing. I'm 24 years old and have to take care of myself like a 60 year old man. I used to love to go running but I haven't been jogging for almost six months since a back injury around then. I'm on a new NSAID which has definitely helped with daily inflammation in the low back. But I have tweaked my back getting out of my truck, moving a crock pot, and getting into bed…..not a normal thing for a 24 year old.
I just want to know if this sort of thing sounds similar to somebody else's situation and if they have found any sort of treatment or medication to take that helps them.