After almost a month of searching for a good forum discussing spine issues, I FINALLY found this one (thank goodness!!)
I am a 35-year old active male; avid personal fitness fanatic that trains almost daily--weight training, running, swimming, spinning, basketball, racquetball, beach volleyball (summer) amongst other things.
Anyway, about six weeks ago hurt my back running a couple of miles on a treadmill. Kept working out as in the past my back would eventually loosen up, but this turned different--I began to have shooting pain from the lower back down the left side of my butt/upper leg (never below my thigh). Of course I probably made it worse as I never had anything like this.
Initially went to a massage therapist--nothing, PT--nothing, and Chiro-nothing.
Finally went to a spine specialist and got an MRI indicating herniated disk L5/S1 and began with a week of oral prednisone--nothing. Subsequently had three epidurals in a short period of time. Started with Gabapentin and am on to Lyrica. Been going to PT for four weeks and usually just feel worse the next day. Continue with PT though.
Hurts ridiculously (tears well up and I am 6'4 220lbs) when I first get out of bed in the morning. Getting in and out of cars is pure torture. Sitting is tolerable, but getting up afterwards is not. I eat, surf the net, watch tv, etc. standing up.
The next step according to my orthopaedic doc is meeting with a spine surgeon (out of Rush here in Chicago) and possible discectomy. I have read about discectomy, microdiscectomy, edoscopic discectomy, laminectomy, fusions, Axialif, etc. I am at a loss in terms of what is the best option as I want to avoid surgery at all costs and be as active as before. But surgery seems so hit or miss or hit and then need it again!?!
And the biggest issue now is...
I start a new job Monday (thus the epidurals being close together) where I will be traveling a bunch and very anxious about having to sit for any period of time.
Thanks for reading this long post, but any advice will help and I will continue to ask questions.