Hello folks. This is my first post to any forum regarding my back. I'll start out with why I'm really here in case you don't want to read the full thing. I'm looking for what to do next. I do have a history of back problems which is below so this is not my first time dealing with this. For my recent problem, I have been to my primary care doctor who gave me medicine and told me to come back in two weeks. My chiropractor shows me stretching exercises which are great but I'm trying to find out what others have done for relief. I feel like I get the same old from my primary care doctor with the pills and "take it easy". My chiropracter's advice is helpful but I'm looking for more permanent solutions. I mean should my primary care doctor being doing more for me or is this it? I asked them if I should get an MRI and they said no which I feel isn't a bad idea but I don't know how else I could go about getting approved for them because last time it took me getting really hurt before they sent me for one which I feel is unacceptable. Should I go see my back specialist? What do I do? Accupuncture? What do others do? I feel like no one is really interested in getting me better othan than me even though the people that are supposed to (my doctors) don't care. My current pain seems to respond well to my TENS unit and heat so I'm guessing that means it's muscle related but I'm not a doctor obviously. Anyway, I'm just trying to find the best way to go about more permanent solutions to my problem and pain that goes along with it.
In April 2007 I was diagnosed with a disk herniation in my lower back. I went through PT for a few months and felt pretty good until September 2007. I went on a camping trip and carried a bunch of gear when I guess I shouldn't have. I didn't feel too bad when I came home but over the next 2 weeks, things started to creep in and 2 weeks later I was having a lot of problems moving around. I continued to work for a few weeks. On October 10 I was working at a client and got up out of a chair without thinking about my problem and both of my legs went numb/pins and needles. I had an MRI and was told I had herniated disks L3-L5. From the MRI I can tell that one of the disks appears to be completely broken as the center appears gone and there is a huge bulge out the back of it. I went to PT and got working with a chiropracter and not until about May or so did I feel almost 100% again. I have been goign to the chiropractor once a week since November 2007 and do daily stretching activities.
About 2 weeks ago I did an office move at work and a few days later I worked out on an elliptical machine for about 10 minutes for the first time. 2 days later I was having problems getting around. My back felt really tight and I had decreased movement. It feels different than it did when I hurt my disks so I'm hoping it is muscular this time. That pain felt more structural before when I had my apparent disk problems, if that makes sense. This feels more muscular related as it responds to heat and the TENS unit quite well.
The last few days I have been doing better although sitting for more than about 15 minutes causes me pain when I get up from sitting. It doesn't really hurt when I sit, just after I get up and try to move around. I have been taking Motrin, doing regular heat applications, along with TENS unit applications. That is where I'm at now. I'm definitely doing better but I want to know ways to prevent this from happening and find a "cure" to my ailments. I know that my back will never completely heal but there has to be more that I can do than what my stupid primary care doctor tells me. Looking for information or suggestions about what other people do for their problems and what they have found works. I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read this or will write back. Cheers.