I am 21, herniated l5 s1 weightlifting. I have been resting it for about 5 months now and haven't recovered yet. Ive tried rest, NSAIDS, oral steroids, injected steroids, etc.
Ive seen GP, orthopedic sugeon, neurosurgeon, osteopath, and neurologist. So far a big herniated disk on l5 s1 and slight degeneration on the disk above. My leg emg is normal.
Basically, I am having sciatica and numbness/loss of sensation in my penis/scrotum. I am currently in physical therapy and may do spinal decompression soon, there is a center for that near my house.
What can I do to maximize recovery, and such. none of the doctors recommend surgery because of my age.
The pain isn't too bad lately, but the genital numbness is not fun and interferes with sex life. What suggestions do you have?