I'm currently 20 years old.
I've been having lower back pain since I was 19. It all started in late October of 2014.
Today is now October of 2015.
I went to my doctor and he read me the comments of the MRI reports.
He said that what I have in my lower back was a mild canal stenosis in my L4-L5
and that I have Degenerative Disc Disease in my L4-L5.
He said because of what I have is mild, that no surgeon would operate on me.
He said that I will have to live with the pain for the rest of my life and modify my lifestyle completely.
Before he gave me the diagnosis, I thought what I had was a disc herniation on my lower back, but that's not the case.
Now that I finally know the diagnosis I don't know what to do.
I don't know how to feel about this.... At all.
I've already done physical therapy with 2 different doctors.
Both being so so. The first one helped me by giving me different exercises and the second one didn't help that much but did charge me about $50 per hour.
I stopped going to him, because after the first 4 treatments I saw no difference.
I'm currently flying down to Peru to see what I can do there and get a second opinion.
Should I get surgery? Is there ANYTHING that I can do to be pain free again?
As I've said before I'm 20 years old. I want to be able to become a politician to change and make a difference in this world.
But I don't know if I can do that now. I really don't know what to do.
I feel kinda lost, but at the same time at least now I know what I'm dealing with.
Can someone give me some tips, please??
Any help would be highly appreciated.