I am 21 years old and came across this forum while googling some of the pains i experience.
Around 5 years ago i started having pain in my lower back (nothing major just a dull ache that wouldnt go) I went to my doctor on multiple occasions but they continued to do absolutely nothing (apart from pain killers) until january 2013 when i had a MRI scan. my results came back as DDD in L4/5 and i was told all they could do was give me more pain medication. I continued to go back to my doctor for months after as my pain was getting worse, i was starting to get pains in my left leg, i couldnt sit or stand for long but they kept giving me more tablets so i gave up.
For the last year i havent really done anything about it as i feel like they just ignore what i say as i am so young and think i make it up. Everytime i sit down now i get shooting/numb pains through my left bum cheek and down my leg, and i find it really hard to stand up straight again after sitting, laying or bending. I cannot support myself to even lean forward to put my hair in a bobble anymore. Everytime i walk and my left leg goes back i get a sharp pain in my back..... The worst of my pain is right at the lower back (down the middle of the bum). sometimes my left leg feels like someones kicked me in the back of the knee and my leg gives way.
Wish someone would take me seriously! i am in agony and no one is doing anything.
Any help/tips/advice/knowledge would be appreciated
Thanks all. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/step-two-ddd-management-reduce-lower-back-stress