Hi Everybody--I guess I can consider myself a newbie, as I haven't posted in a couple of years. First off, I empathize w/everyone on this site and hope all of us can find whatever it is that gives us relief.
HISTORY & DIAGNOSIS:
I'm a 41 year old male in good physical shape, other than my back. I had my a laminectomy (L4-5) in 1989 at age 23. Very successful outcome. No problems, until I suffered a small herniation at L5-S1, but did not require surgery. I have DDD L3-4, 4-5, 5-S1. I have a congenitally small spinal canal. I have mild central canal stenosis. I have annular tears at all levels. Mild facet arthritis. No gross foraminal nerve impingement.
Cannot tolerate long periods (45mins max) standing. Very infrequent leg pain (only after a long day of shopping, standing, walking), and it's not your typical sciatica, off the chart pain. MY MAIN PROBLEM IS: If I do housework, activities that require mobility, bending forward, twisting, reaching, prolonged standing, my lumbar spinal muscles spasm up horribly (pain 7/10), and I 'list' to the left. My surgeon tells me my muscles are forming a SPLINT, so my spine can protect itself. After I rest for 3-4 days, the spasms calm down (pain 2/10). Then, when I do something requiring mobility, I flare up again. When this happens I can't move even close to normal. This cycle has been repeating itself since 2004.
Have any of you, or do you know or have heard, of someone with similar symptoms as I have described? Most people I talk to have the radicular pain down the leg or arm, much as I had at age 23.
I have a discogram this friday (scared to death). After that, my surgeon can give me his opinion on treatment options. I have tried drx9000, ESI, massage, chiro, inversion, tens, heat/ice, p.t., MEDX, etc.... If anyone wants any info on my experiences w/ any of these treatments, please feel free to ask.
I am afraid to get surgery (especially fusion), as some people say they are worse afterwards. Any help or advice would be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Thanks and all my best to everyone--doubleeagle