Input on My Recent Diagnosis - L5
Obviously new to the forums, but I wanted to throw out my story to maybe see what everyone thinks, and to weigh in on the situation.
I had an MRI on Friday, and I just found out the resultsMonday that I was diagnosed with a Protruding Disc in L5, with a light tear. My Doctor with Pain Management stated my options were Epidural Treatment, Possibly Surgery, or Physical Therapy. I am 27 y/o.
So here's my history....
In May '06 is when I first had back issues, and this was from my own fault. I was moving, and I lifted wrong & pulled my back. I saw a Minute Clinic, and was prescribed Muscle Relaxers (Skelaxin) & Pain Relievers.
I was fine after I recovered with Ice & such, but then I had another episode in '08 when I was at work, and I didn't lift anything, but bent over to pick up a piece of paper, and when I came back up, I was hit with a sharp pain which I could not relieve or escape. I had to leave work in my agonizing pain, and went to a Chirpractor, who treated me in several sessions, and it gradually got better.
I had another episode in February '09, where it just started hurting me really bad, and I saw a Local Pain Specialist, who treated me with Physical Therapy. They also gave me another prescription for meds/muscle relaxers. At this point, I weighed 260 lbs. I proceeded to lose 60 lbs in several months to get down to 200 lbs.
My most recent episode came in early January. I worked a full day, which is retail, so I alternate standing/sitting quite a bit. I was fine for the entire day, then I got into my car, and then my back started flaring up again, to the point where it had been before, agonizing pain. I went see a Walk-In Clinic, who prescribed muscle relaxers, pain meds, and gave me a shot of cortisone. Given my history, he recommended me to a pain management specialist - who then after visiting him, ordered the MRI for me.
So I hope this helps, and is fairly detailed. I have heard that bed rest is the ultimate cure for what I have. I only take pain meds/muscle relaxers if I am really bad off, which is rare. The pain comes & goes, but when it comes, it varies in how severe it hurts. I ice it for 20 minutes sometimes to deal with it, which seems to help. Ultimately, I want to get this to the point where I can play hockey again & such, but I really want input or feedback!
Thanks for reading!