I have been having some severe localized low back pain from slightly bulging discs at L4/5 and L5/S1 for a year and a half now. The pain just does not diminish. Chiropractic, physical therapy, and steroid injection have all failed to improve the pain.
I cannot sit for more than 10-20 minutes, so my social life is pretty restricted (no movies, restaurants, no long drives, no dating or sex, etc.) and I cannot lie down without painkillers, especially not on my side.
I am 44 but in great physical shape otherwise (going by the compliments I receive from people) - I kind of think that might be part of the problem, since I look good doctors don't really believe that I could be in so much pain.
Has anybody else here recovered from long-standing back pain? I really just need to know if there is light at the end of the tunnel.