I am 24 years old, 6'4 and weigh 215 lbs. In 2007, I fractured three vertebra in my lower back, and basically lived with the pain and flare ups until now. I finally went in and had an MRI and was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, bone spurs, and two bulging discs in L4-L5 and L5-S1 with one abutting the S1 nerve. I have been through the ringer with this pain for quite some time now and all I want to do is return to a normal life where I can play basketball and other sports and move around freely without pain. I constantly have to shift positions and cannot remain standing or sitting for too long.
The pain is always present, but with flare ups it gets unbearable. I occasionally have sciatica but it doesn't happen daily. I do not want to be on any medication long term and would like to fix the route of the problem. However, I have been working with a Non-surgical specialist without many results. I have had two epidural injections with no relief, tried low cardio exercising, stretching, losing weight, and resting. I always end up to the point where I can move around and live life minus the sports and running/jogging, but there is always pain to some degree, sometimes worse sometimes not so bad.
I know there are surgery's out there and am more than willing to give one a shot at this point. Has anyone around my age been through this? If so, what route did you take and how were the results?