I am new here and looking for a guidance. This has been an extremely frustrating experience. Please help if at all possible. Heres my story...
I am 23 years old, 6'4'', 195 athletic build. Play D2 basketball. Over the years, Ive had minor lower back problems that lasted no longer than a week max. This last summer, I went back packing all over Europe and gradually noticed significant back pain. I have been to trainers, chiropractors, taken MRI.
Diagnosis: Herniated disk in my lower lumbar spine. Degenerate disk. Hips are off.
When i try to explode from a squat position, i experience sharp pain in my lower back. Sitting it chairs or a seated position for an extended period of time kills because my back "locks" up. Hurts to do most lower ab exercises. Due to the pain, i have lost a great deal of flexibility in my hamstrings. I also experience Tingling in my quad, but not hamstring which eliminates the possibility of some sort of sciatic problem.
Can anyone offer ANY suggestions about ways to possibly heal these symptoms. My doctors basically say that it just takes time to heal but it has been over 8 months now of pain. My symptoms are not getting worse, but not getting better either.