hello all, just a quick background. i had surgery on a l5/s1 herniation back in 2003, might have been a micro-d honestly can't remember. i felt great for a few years as i was a college track athlete and had built a pretty tight core. in the years since i've aggravated it from time to time with pain localized to my lower middle back and some into my right hip, no shooting pain down my left leg like pre surgery. i'd give it a couple days rest and i'd be good to go.
a month ago i injured it again doing who knows what (not sure how i injured it 12 years ago either). i was laid up for almost 3 days and could barely walk and had shooting pain from my left butt to knee. after 3 days the pain subsided and i was back to normal activites.
on 12-25-15 i went surfing in the morning and had some mild pain afterwords, and build and moved a heavy picnic table in the afternoon. as the evening went on, my back started to hurt more and more. come monday morning i could barely walk and the shooting pain was back. after 3 days of laying on my back i had no progress so i decided to see the doc. she prescribed some good pain meds and muscle relaxers and ordered an mri. this past saturday i was finally able to get up and walk with pain but not unbareable like it was.
i was able to go back to work today and just had my mri done. l5/s1 does not look that good to me. also, is l4/l5 bulging? what do you think? can i fix this with rehab or should i start planning for surgery again?">">">