The fact that I'm getting the procedure is suddenly hitting me and I'm freaking out a little.
Basically, yes, I have a worse back than 95% of other 23 year olds.
I have mild arthritis, mild stenosis, anterior disc bulging, and mild DJD.
I experience pain when I push myself past my limits, such as working a 10 hour shift standing at a PT clinic I work at, or doing a hardcore form of exercise such as a bootcamp style workout or kickboxing. This pain can distract me from doing anything when it's at it's worst, which is not all the time by any means.
I AM STILL ABLE TO RUN. I run anywhere between 3.5-6 miles at a time, a couple times a week. So obviously I am still functional to some degree.
So clearly, this pain isn't the most serious case, but is still limiting my life in ways that it should not for a 23 year old. The fact that I am getting injections into my spine tomorrow is freaking me out. I want opinions on here. Given the few, few things you know about me, am I too young? Is the doctor just trying to make money? My coworkers (who are PTs, but new to the field) say that it can only help me. But what about the side effects/etc? Is this worth it? Am I too young? I just want to hear opinions. I am unable to talk to the doctor at the moment but obviously plan to. Thanks everyone.