OK, mine is not typical, but here it goes.
Mine happened in 2009, I was working on chem homework on my laptop and decided to take a break. I leaned over to put my computer down, and I felt a pop in my back, didn’t think much of it until a few hours later I woke up in the most intense pain I’ve ever felt. It honestly felt like two discs touching/rubbing.
I was home alone, couldn’t move- no getting dressed, going to the washroom, or eating for around 7 hours when my Fiance came home and took me to the walk-in. The MD determined that it was a herniated disc in likely the L5/L6 region, possibly even sacral. He suggested taking vallium and naproxen, and laying on my back for 8 weeks, and it should be fine. I asked about physio, chiro, massage, he said there was no point.
So for 8 LONG weeks I stayed at home in bed, I could barely walk or sit, it was awful.
Fast forward to when I return to school in September, the pain still hasn’t gone away. I’m losing feeling and control of my legs, my back won’t stop hurting. I go to the clinic on campus and was told that the first MD gave very out-dated advice, and that to get better I’d need physio and massage.
The physiotherapist said in 2011 that the disc had been out of place for so long, it likely won’t go back in place on its own. She was certain that I will likely need surgery in the future.
Here we are in 2013, and I still have chronic back pain. it never goes away, my hips always hurt, and I can’t really like more than 25 pounds without risking the disc pushing further out.
Long story short, I should have listened to my gut and gone earlier for physio and massage.
I hope your Fiance doesn’t have pain thats unmanageable, and he can get ti fixed asap!