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I was diagnosed yesterday with a prolapsed intervertebral disc, at lumbar 3 or 4 level.
Background: I'm a runner, and do some basketball and football. I have two small children. My significant pain began a week ago when I spent the night on my son's bedroom floor (he was having a nightmare; he's 2). When I woke up, I was really sore. However, I have also had regular back pain over the past year after hard games of basketball. Over the next day or so, I had a lot of pain in my back and down my upper left leg. Now, my pain is particularly bad in the mornings - it usually wakes me up quite early. It hurts a lot when I stand, but is much better when I am sitting. In the afternoon, if I've been sitting, the pain almost goes away - although it will return if I stand for a while.
Questions: What is the general course of a prolapsed disc? Am I looking at weeks, months, or longer in terms of difficulties? Does anyone have experience with getting back to exercise after a prolapsed disc - or is this out of the question? I'm just curious about the experience of others with this condition.
Thanks in advance for your responses.
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