Hi all, I am new to this site and am very happy to have found you all.
I am 25 years old and have been having low back pain related to DDD for thirteen years (since I was twelve). No major injury, I'm sure just some wear and tear as I was a gymnast/dancer. I have DDD and herniated discs at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels (I do not have leg pain, only severe back pain that sometimes goes to the hips). I have a mild to moderate level of pain constantly but then during 'flare-ups' the pain can be unbearable. I usually have a few flare-ups a year, each lasting from a few days to a few weeks. This most recent one has lasted over 2 months now with no signs of getting any better. I am completely at a loss- I have no idea what I can do.
The doctors I've seen have not considered me a candidate for surgery, partly because I do not have sciatica and partly because I am so young. But I feel as though I have exhausted most of my other options.
Traditional methods I have tried: physical therapy, chiropractics, myofascial therapy, tractioning, MRT (dealing with scar tissue), pilates, lots of different medications (all but the injections), increasing activity level, decreasing activity level (all the way to bedrest), water therapy
Alternative methods I have tried: acupuncture (with and without electircal stimulation, which gave me some relief, but no longer does), herbal remedies, cupping, yoga, reflexology, Rolfing, reiki, magnets
I am just completely at a loss. During this most recent flareup I have already missed countless days of work and I do not see an end to this pain in sight. I am currently consulting with a chiropracter, a physical therapist, my primary care physician, and an acupuncturist, none of which are giving me any relief.
I would not want surgery, but if it is the only option to give me relief I am at the point where I would definitely consider it... Any suggestions? Any recommendations on types of doctors or practices to look into, or any therapies that I have not tried? ANY help would be greatly appreciated.