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Im 17 and was a very high level netball player (regional/national) when in 2012, when i was 15, I got a shooting pain down the back of my right hamstring after a hard training session. At the time i thought it was simply a pulled muscle and didnt think much about it so carried on training and playing for 6 months. It was only when i sprained my right ankle for the 5th time and had to go on crutches for a month that my back and leg pain became excruciating and then i realised something was wrong.
I had an MRI an found out that 2 discs in my Lumbar region had herniated, hence the leg pain. I found it extremely difficult to sleep so for baout 8 months was getting 4/5 hours of sleep a night due to the extreme pain. I could sit for longer than 10 minutes, I couldnt stand for long either. I was prescribed 'rest for 7 months' by my doctor so didnt do any exercise except walking for that amount of time (as a high level athlete this was extremely extremely difficult for me to grasp and i ended up becoming extrmeley depressed).
I then began physiotherapy after meteing with a spinal surgeon and him saying I was too youngto have surgery at thsi point so to try epidurals and physiotherapy for the enxt year- which i have consequently done.
I tried to get back into netball training after exteensive build up in exercise late 2013, I trained for about 2 months, no way near teh intensity or frequency as previously but I fpund that after a 1 hour 30 session wasnt able to walk comfortable for the next 3/4 days so by Feb 2014 i realised it just wasnt worth the pain.
I soon had a second follow up MRI in April 2014. Although my pain has hugely decreased i still have trouble straighting my right leg and flexing at the hip. I've lost all flexibility and my back from time to time still becomes aggrivated. The MRI results were pretty disappointing though- my prolapsed discs had not decreasedin size at all, if anything they had increased.
I've now been set up with teh same spinal surgeon I saw a year ago and am awaiting an appointment.
I was wondering if any teenagers have experienced anything like this or if any teenagers have actual gone ahead with the surgery? I feel like everyone who's had this back problem is 30/40+ and i feel extremely isolated with teh situation
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