reply to post by Death_Kron
Thanks for the extra info Death,
Ok here goes with my story :
I'm in my mid 40s and have always led a very active life, when i was younger i played rugby as scrum half and sometimes as a hooker (NO, NOT that type
and have also spent many years restauring my old cottage, so lots of extremely physical work which tired my back out no end.
I have always suffered since about 20 years ago from back aches which i have always put down to the physical work that i had carried out and just
plain tiredness after a hard days graft...
From time to time, just a good back massage from Mrs Rodinus seemed to put things right with local application of anti-inflammatory creams.
About 7 years ago my back pains, (lower back) got worse and worse, to the extent that i was in so much pain that i even asked my youngest son to stand
on my back whilst i was laying down in order to alleviate a little the pain.
However, this wasn't of course the best thing to do, although it relieved a little the pain at the time.
Anyway, as the pain dragged on and on and on, i took the decision to go to my Dr who prescribed a couple of X rays for which it was discovered that i
had a slipped disk (L5, S1 in the lower lumbar region). She prescibed local cortisone injections (which were quite painful at the time, but seemed to
relieve the pain for a couple of months).
Then the pain came back... at least 10 times worse with sharp stabbing pain emanating down my back, left buttock and all the way down to the back of
my left foot. i let this drag on for a while thinking that it would go away until one one morning i woke up, got out of bed and collapsed to the floor
as my left leg went out from underneath me.
Mrs Rodinus took my to the doctors and i was immediately rushed into hospital had an MRI and was operated on in the 24 hours that followed (basically
they scraped out the slipped disk and sewed my back up again.)
The doctor told me that if i had left it any longer i would find myself in a wheelchair for the rest of my life as the slipped disk was crushing my
sciatic nerve beyond repair. I had another two ops afterwards as the surgeon had left tiny pieces of bone in the cavity which caused bone infection
which again blocked my back up completely.
After nearly a year off from my job because the pain was still so bad and after taking humongous amounts of pain killers (becoming practically
dependent) and anti-inflammatory medication my doctor found out that my Liver was slightly damaged due to all the meds, so all medication
I consulted a pain specialist because something HAD to be done and it was decided that i would have an internal neuro-stimulator implanted into my
abdomen with electrodes connected to my spine. When the pain gets too bad i just switch it on with a remote control and it sends electrical impulses
to my spine, blocking off all pain.
Over time the pain has decreased somewhat significantly and i can now go back to my job as a specialised veterinary (but only consulting from home on
an academic level as i can no longer perform surgery taking into account the amount of time spent bending over surgery tables!)
However, from time to time i still get pain... but have learned with age and experience that now i have to take things much easier.
My suggestion to you is to go see your doctor, who will send you for X Rays and MRI (to confirm a slipped disk or not), and then they will point you
in the right direction (whether it be cortisone injections, stretch therapy or surgery).
Whatever you do, don't go filling yourself with loads of pain killers and anti-inflammatory medications, if you can avoid this, then the better for
your liver and your general health.
Also, don't let it drag on because once the sciatic nerve is damaged it is too late and you only have one back!
Also, infra red lamp therapy from the physio relieves the pain but of course is not curative.
I hope this helps you a little in the decisions you have to make?
edit on 27-4-2013 by Rodinus because: Word added
edit on 27-4-2013 by Rodinus because: Crap spelling