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18 years old with Chronic lower back pain

So im an 18 year old male that has been suffering from chronic lower back pain for the past 7 months. My pain was so bad that I couldn't walk for 2 months, so I missed a good portion of my senior year of high school. It hurt to breath,talk,laugh, and I was in pain just laying there. I went to the doctor and they quickly sent me to get an mri, and the results came back saying that I have 3 herniated discs, one being L3L4 with a 6mm disc protusion, then a L4L5 right disc extrusion, and finally a L5S1 2mm bulge. The doctor said that I should do injections to help the inflammation and I did two of those. The injection helped a lot I could walk again and I became 80% of my old self. Currently I am still 80% not fully healed and its extremely frustrating not being able to do the things that I could do before. I still cant run,jump, or stand for long periods of time without excruciating pain and fatigue. I understand that it takes time for this thing to heal but I have become increasingly impatient with this process because the constant pain is still there 24/7. 

I am writing this wondering how long do you guys think I should wait this out before considering doing a microdiscectomy?And those of you who have done the disectomy, did it work? College is starting in a month and a half for me so If im going to do it it would be now so I can be fully healed for the start of college. Thank you!



  • Have you taken your MRI to a neurosurgeon?

  • Yes, he's the one who told me to try physical therapy and injections before considering surgery. I did physical therapy for a month and it did nothing, it was the same thing as the stretches that I would find on youtube. So he told me to attempt the injection and those worked a good amount. The only things I have not tried yet is a chiropractor or surgery.

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  • Even if you’re offered surgery it probably wouldn’t be scheduled for another 4-6 weeks. Unless you’re an emergency case, they don’t take you immediately.

    School only lasts four years. But we need our bodies to last a lifetime.

    With that said I would put your body first and not get too hung up on having to start college at any certain time, due to this medical condition.

    I had to have a tutor for nearly six months when I was young and dealing with an injury. 

    Things will work out, even if you find yourself needing to postpone a semester or two due to potential surgery and the rehab afterwards. 

    I tried the injections and they didn’t help me but they didn’t hurt me either. 

    Good luck and please keep us posted.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,435
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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