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Short bio: male, 25 y.o, 1.68m tall, BW 58kg and in good health overall.
I've been suffering from constant lower back discomfort and some degree of pain/sensitivity since April of this year. While I'm a lot better at managing my pain at this point, I feel like I've made little to no progress as far as actual healing. It seems that the main 2 activities that caused accumulative damage to my spine were very long periods of sitting combined with highly intense/heavy deadlifts and squats. These lead me to develop a flexion intolerant back. I have since transitioned from sitting around 10-12 hours a day to sitting 1-2 hours a day (spread throughout), and squatting and deadlifting rarely with very light weight. These changes among a few others are very helpful in keeping the pain level at a minimum.
After getting 3 opinions from experts in total (spine, pain and radiologist) as well as doing extensive research on my own, it seems that my source of pain is discogenic. I have 2 bulging discs - L5-S1 and L4-L5, though the latter seems to be my main pain source and is more sensitive.
I am in no condition for surgery since I can perform daily tasks without issues generally speaking - walking up stairs, standing, sleeping, even running etc. However, I am very motivated to improve my quality of life and go back to having no pain or discomfort throughout the day - assuming I am applying proper "spine hygiene". I've been reviewing different options for speeding up the recovery process and PRP sounds like a viable option. Unfortunately I couldn't find a doctor who will perform PRP disc injections where I live (Israel). I've only found someone who will do Orthokine, but the price is very high and from what I read it isn't necessarily even a better option compared to PRP.
With that said, I am considering flying abroad for getting PRP treatment and wanted to hear some input from you guys/gals. I would prefer to have the whole procedure completed in 2-3 days but I can stay for 1-2 weeks if necessary. I've only had a CT scan done on my back; no MRI, though I should be able to get one if it's necessary for the diagnosis/procedure.
I would also like to hear recommendations for a professional clinic where I can get the procedure done in the Central/Western Europe area. If anyone is aware, please PM me with the details as I think it might be against the forum rules to publicly discuss specific clinics or doctors. Any advice/input will be highly appreciated, thanks for reading!
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