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Hello everyone. I'm a 24 year old male going thru what many of you are, so I wont waste space complaining about the pain. Just wanted to introduce myself and lay out whats going on. I injured my back while training jiu jitsu (grappling). I am an active competitor, and am very passionate about this sport. Since my injury, I have been unable to participate and it has left a large void in my life. I am hoping to someday return to what I love doing.
Today, I was officially diagnosed with L4L5 herniated discs revealed by an MRI. My doctor has recommended surgery. I will get a second opinion but thought I'd get as much info as I can first. Looking forward to talking to you all.
-L4 & L5 herniated discs
-Moderate low-back pain
-Severe leg pain
-Unable to lift my toes.
-Primary care x2
-Spine specialist x2
-Physical therapist >10x
What diagnostic test have you had and what are the results
X-ray (Primary care)
MRI (Spine specialist)
What medications are you currently on
Steroid injections x2
Recommendations from doc:
"wait and see if it gets better" (Primary care)
"wait and see if it gets better. If not better in 2 months, consider surgery" (spine specialist after MRI results)
Have you had previous spinal surgery?
I am a martial arts competitor. Jiu jitsu is my only passion and a central part of my life. Being unable to do what I love hurts almost as bad as the physical pain. I hope someday I can participate again.