I have had chronic lower back pain for about two years. I essentially blew out my back squatting 450, my hips shifted in the hole and that was that. MRI showed only a minor disc bulge on the left side of L5-S1 but all my symptoms are on the right side. Long story short I thought I had rehabbed it successfully and was doing quite well until February. All my symptoms started up again and I was back in pain again. Its been three months of flare ups and very small progress and it looks as if I will now always be in pain to a degree along with my refereed symptoms. I am getting to the point where I am going to just get back into lifting and learn to deal with it because nothing is seeming to work.
I have self educated my self and read just about everything I can get my hands on regarding lower back. I do all of the basic spinal stability exercises, mobility, soft tissue work, ice, NSAID, Chiro, ART etc. I was wondering how other guys deal with this problem because I am getting sick and tired of not training, it has been a part of my life since I was 14 and its psychologically killing me. Next week I am going to a pain clinic and could possibly be getting a set of epidurals. For pain I have only been taking Percocet for the past two weeks but am afraid of its loosing its effectiveness and really do not want do go down that road.