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I've always had back pains for 20 years now (I'm 39) It started when i was working at UPS with all the heavy boxes. But it really didn't start bugging me until I was pregnant almost 5 years ago and it got bearable. However this last year it has been superbad. I ended up in the ER in December where I couldn't walk, go to the bathroom etc, It was horrible, I couldn't even sit without pain, standing up was the only thing that helped me. So in 2001 I was diagnosed with herniated discs L4/L5 and the doc said I was too young and healthy to have surgery and to get PT and keep being active. Now this pain is NOT a herniated disc pain, the doc this time says its a mild disc injury and there was nothing to do, he wish he could cast it but obviously cant. I went to PT for 4 months until I "graduated" and started working with a trainer at my gym. I gave up ALL my sports that I was playing: skiing, soccer, softball, kickball and volleyball. Sports is my life. I went to hawaii this past weekend for a wedding and I dove into a wave to wash off the sand and i re-injured my back again. I am SO MAD. I don't know what to do. My cousin had the same thing as me and she had a spinal fusion surgery and she is feeling so much better. My husband wants me to do the shots first before the surgery. I just want to get better asap. Im supposed to start looking for a job in the Fall when my daughter starts kindergarten and I don't want to get a job and tell them I have to have time off cuz of my back.
I want to have surgery but Im terrified I wont be able to play sports again. I honestly can give up softball since that's the most twisting, but skiing?! I don't think I can give up that.
Anyone an athlete here and able to continue playing?