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I need some advice. I’m a 26 year old female with lower back problems. Specifically, “L4-L5 and L5-S1 disc herniations, with the latter resulting in severe central spinal canal stenosis, with a residual AP canal diameter of 4 mm.”
I am still able to jog and work out, and don’t have much pain, maybe 2 on a 10 scale. Anything worse comes and goes.
Even though I’ve been exercising (and this seems to help), the first spine doctor I’ve visited told me I shouldn’t run anymore. I’m also hopefully going skiing in a few weeks. Could I do more damage by running and keeping up my active lifestyle? Is it possible if I continue to do these activities that I could rupture the disks?
My strategy is to keep my normal lifestyle, then get epidurals as things flare up. But only get epidurals when I need them for pain. If things get worse, then I would opt for surgery to hopefully fix things once and for all. Is this reasonable?
I have SO many questions about whether things may get better on their own, whether I should expect things to get worse, whether I should get proactive surgery now (I’m only 26!!), whether to see a physiatrist…. ANY assistance with any of this would be greatly appreciated!!