I've always felt like a basically healthy/active person, but I've had back pain this whole year and got diagnosed with several spine problems (ddd/herniated disc, bertolotti's, stenosis, other standard degenerative things) and I have been trying to cope with the fear that this is just my life now. I also have genetically high blood pressure so cardiovascular exercise has been a big part of my day to day, and I can't really do any high intensity exercises anymore.
I'm only 34 but feel like an old man, managing high blood pressure and a degenerating spine, I've had to buy slip on shoes and a little contraption for putting on socks. I have learned enough about back problems to know that this isn't something you just fix- it's more and more to cope with as you age. I'm just dreading that and desperately trying to avoid a discectomy to ward off the possibility of accelerating these degenerative changes.
Anyone else grapple with this? Is there hope of living normal & long lifestyle with these kinds of back problems?