October 2012: Injured my back in a road accident (herniated L5-S1 disc)
November 2013: Injured back again doing a dead-lift (pain was so so at this point and no conservative treatment had been applied) WORST PAIN I'VE EXPERIENCED
June 2014: Terrible bought, brought on by a cheap mattress in my new apartment
Now: I have been taking conservative care for 2 months now (good mattress, no slouching, stretching, building core muscles, walking etc.)
1. The pain is probably 90-95% gone, I could live life like this as it's not even noticeable, however I know it is still there and it is making me depressed. Will I ever get back to 100% fitness and can play sports competitively again?
2. Because I didn't really take serious care of it for so long, what do you think the chances are of permanent nerve damage? Perhaps that's the 5% that I'm missing?
3. Most important one for me: What are the chances of serious problems because of nerve damage? i.e. loss of bowel control, ALS/MND etc.
4. Suicide is genuinely an option before surgery, I will get a microdiscectomy if the problem isn't gone in the next few years maybe, but fusions etc I would rather not put myself through it. Has anyone had a microdiscectomy and reached 100%?
5. I have been looking at MS Contin and Oxycontin if the pain alleviates again, has anyone had any experience of these drugs (or any other narcotic/opioid)? Was your pain gone 100% to the point you didn't even think about it anymore, or was it always in the back of your mind that it was still a little bit painful?
6. Has anyone had any positive experiences with PT?
Sorry for so many questions, but please help me and answer this in your own opinion, this is such a grey area and I've had conflicting information from doctors...