I am a 23 yr old female who has had low back pain since I was 12 yrs old (I can thank my family's history with back problems and dance career for the young start). I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease and have a slight herniation at L5-S1 and L5-L4. I have done lots of physical therapy (at various locations) which provides some relief but not enough anymore. I have also done nerve ablation on S1-L5, L5-L4 and L4-L3, which provides relief for about five months or so but is very expensive and takes about six weeks to complete the entire process. I would rather not continue to do this as it is not providing as much relief as I was hoping for. Every doctor I have seen has told me that there is nothing else that they can do for me since the pain is not radiating down my leg. No doctor wants to fuse the spine of a 23 yr old. I have also tried acupuncture and did not have a good experience with that.
The chronic pain is beginning to really take a toll on my mental health and it is hard to get through my work days due to the pain and lack of sleep at night. I would rather not have to limit my activities for the rest of my life and am tired of having to always sit out of things. I am looking for anyone who has a similar problem and has had success with some type of treatment! Please help!