Hi, I've had a bulging/herniated disk(not really sure since the doctor's I have seen for it seem to use them interchangeably) for 2 years now. I was originally prescribed physical therapy that didn't do much for the pain after 2 months and continued home exercise. I then went on to see a chiropractor who worked my body like it was a pretzel and actually alleviated the pain.
I'm in college, 20 years old, I know it's rather young for this back problem, but I'm 6 foot 6 and an IT major so naturally I do a lot of sitting probably with poor posture. The problem is I can't just get up and see my chiropractor due to distance and I dont want to go to one I dont trust. I've had ups and downs with pain, and have only been bedridden from it once in the last 2 years. Other than that it's really just a minor annoyance, and not nearly as bad of a pain as others seem to have.
I've done the stretches my chiropractor has given me religiously three times a week, and haven't had to take a pain killer in over a year, but the pain is still there, but not really affecting any part of my life. I just want to know if it should really take more than two years, or am I doing something to hinder the progress to a full recovery?