Originally Posted by enjm10
Definitely have an MRI performed i had severe back pain work related for a month before they scheduled an MRI for me. I was doing physical therapy during that period. After an MRI it proved I had 3, yes 3 bulging disc all from the s1-l5 area that are all coming in contact with nerves. Neurologist said on the MRI the discs should be a white color cause they r filled with fluid n the three bulging discs in my back were pure black, which ain't good. He suggested that i need surgery but then told me he don't wanna perform surgery cause I'm way too young to have to deal with something like that (22 Yes old) he then proceeded to tell me I will never do manual labor ever again in my life, I work for the water dpt here in my town. He said it could take up to 2 1/2 yrs till I feel better. I also had severe sciatic pain due to my back injury. Some saddening news but he also told me rest n time is the only thing that could help me. And continued with physical therapy but still having trouble, I feel like an old man gotta take a few steps after sitting to straighten up.
I had just sent a PM to another member regarding this issue of surgery. Your doc was smart to recommend waiting for surgery... it is NOT THE ANSWER. Trust me, I know. I would delay as long as your body will allow, and honestly, only when the pain is too great, give in. Once you go down the road of having surgery, you can't go back. Your spine is the foundation of your body... everything is affected by the architecture and strength of your spine. Once you start monkeying around with it, it will never be the same. The statistics are frightening concerning the success rates of major spine surgeries.
Your doc is also right that you are too young. Hell, I'm too young! My advice is to find a career that requires little manual labor and pursue that. You can still keep yourself fit in spite of your back problems (I did and have). You are just going to be one of those people that will have to think about how you are going to move before you do. I had to change my way of thinking and I can cope with it but it does make you feel older than you are. Man, I feel for you at your age and I wish you the absolute best of luck.