I am 35 year old male and I have been a firefighter for 15 years. I have had back pain for the last 8 years. I have had back injections, facet shots, MRI", physical therapy.. you get the jist. I recently was moving some boxes at work and felt pop and had some pain, but over next 4-5 days got worse to where I couldn't get off the floor. My recent MRI following this showed disc herniation at l-4,l-5 with moderate stenosis, deg disc disease. Ihave had a shot a week ago and my leg is still killing me and feel like it's getting worse. They said I will have a shot again in 3 days and if no relief, the dr will do Othroscopic micro disectomy.
My biggest fear is will this completely heal me. Will my disc be as strong, and do I have a greater risk of herniating with the job that I do. I don't want to switch carreers, however, I don't want to be crippled either...feeling very depressed.
any info would be great.