Chronic Back Pain
I have chronic lower back pain for going on 18 yrs now. I'm 51 yrs old and have always been active, I'm thinking that my almost 24yrs in the military has attributed to my now chronic pain. I was initially diagnosed as having degenerative facet joints. Through the years I have had many Chiropractors and Physiotherapists treat my symptoms with varying degrees of relief. Just recently my pain has worsened and the Chiro treatments were no longer giving me any relief, so I stopped going to him. About 2 yrs ago I did have Decompression done and it seemed to work, but it didn't last and at $100.00 per treatment, I couldn't afford to get it done again. I then went to my Family Dr. who is a total waste of time - he basically told me to "go out on my own to try and find someone to help me." I have found a Sports Medicine Dr. but so far I have only seen the physiotherapist and here we go again, "same ol same" exercises that didn't help me the first time. I see the Dr. next week. I did manage to convince my Family Dr. to authorize an updated X-ray (I suggested getting a Cat Scan, but no way he would approve that.) The results of my X-ray are: mild Spondylosis L3-4, Facet joint narrowing at several levels including L4-5 and L5-S1, degenerative sacroilitis and some osteoarthritis of the SI joints. My symtoms are excrutiating "burning" pain when sitting and resting my back against the back of a chair (my job is an office job where I sit all day long in front of a computer) or standing for any period of time. I do stretching many times through the day and walk as much as possible. Has anyone had any similar symptoms and any successful treatments (i.e. surgery and/or cortisone shots) thanks.