Getting tired of the issues
This back problem began about 1990ish. I never really had it treated properly in the beginning because they called it a "sprain/strain". It was a workers' comp injury and of course, the company thought I was looking for an excuse to get out of work, or to try and bilk them out of money. That wasn't the case.
Now many years later, case closed and cant be re-opened, I'm still suffering from the same injury and adding to it.
I had went from bulging disks to herniated disks.
L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1 were the main culprits.
Now, other disks above those are effected. I was told that I had DDD and I've been through the P.T. , traction, epidural injections, chiropractic manipulations, massage, ultra sound and TENS stimulation. I've taken, Lyrica, Gabapetin, Cortizone, Mobic, Ibuprophen and some yellow pill that caused a reaction with my kidneys.
Still I haven't found relief that last. Last year I was supposed to go in for open back surgery that was supposed to relieve about 80% of the pain and 50-75% of the numbness. I was barely able to walk and washing my feet in the shower was a major task. Luckily for me, I woke up to a pain free morning that lasted for months. (divine intervention? or the meds finally kicking in?...who knows) I opted not to have the surgery. Especially since the doc said I would probably have to have it repeated in a couple years, plus he said I might still need the epidural injections for the pain because of scarring.
I've since went off most of those meds and only take Ibuprophen when needed. But the ability to get back up from kneeling, getting up in the morning is stiff and painful, getting out of chairs sometimes takes several attempts and now my feet & ankles hurt when I walk. The last visit, my doc said I had some scoliosis from the damaged disks. He defines my back problem as Spondylosis Lumbar with Myelopathy.
All I know is, I have a bad back that causes a lot of stiffness and mild to moderate pain. When I do anything that is physical, the pain levels are up there. Now whenever I do anything that requires bending and moving, I can not only feel my spine clicking, I can hear it.
I am ready to quit work and try to get this back issue healed, but my doc says I'm too young. He says I got to stay active or this is going to get worse. There are days when I feel like I'm ready for a long walk off a short pier, if you know what I mean.
It's a good thing that is against all my beliefs.
I'm tired of not being able to walk through grocery stores with out having to hang on to a buggy for support; Limping after sitting in a chair; Moaning and groaning every time I try to tie my shoes; Sex life...we wont even go there; Taking twice as long to accomplish tasks at work (physically demanding work); Using the handrail to pull myself up the steps; Feeling weak and tired most of the time.... I am so tired of all the issues with a bad back.
Anybody else in this same boat?
Any suggestions for relief that I haven't already mentioned?