I was doing so well. I first herniated my disk three years ago lifting furniture and I got better. Then I herniated again doing deadlifts a year and a half ago. This one lasted for over half a year. Went to a chiropractor and was doing basic physical therapy and stretches at home. But my progress plateaued. Then I got food poisoning on a random trip in Mexico and threw up and passed out for about 24 hours. Immediately afterwards my back had a huge improvement. For the past half year I've been doing so well, just a minor ache and pain down the leg. I could sit for long periods no problem, I could lift things, I could bend down, and I even took a couple of big falls doing sports without any flare ups. Life was basically back to normal. Just today I was walking around in the supermarket and was bending down slightly when I sneezed. Sudden shooting pain in my lower back. The sneeze had caused me to herniate it again. Suddenly harder to stand up straight. I forced myself to stand up straight and I'm now back (no pun intended) to doing back extensions and laying down with a towel roll under my back. Putting on my pants is again a difficult thing to do. *sigh* I'm 26 and in good shape. I'm active. I'm not overweight. My core is strong. I'm thinking about just making an appointment with a doctor and cutting through the bullshit of first being prescribed pain meds for a problem that is obviously structural and insisting on getting an MRI. And then maybe even back surgery. Anyone have any tips?