I am not a doctor, but I believe that many of you are misdiagnosed.
Even if you have bulging, or herniated discs, your problems may originate from something entirely different.
Don't even bother approaching your family physician, or any medical professional, or anyone other than a physician that is recommended by a large number of people, who have been cured if you decide to investigate this disease. Otherwise, even if you have the disease, your test results will come back negative, or you'll be treated in a manner that will not cure you, and you will certainly be laughed at or worse.
Of course many of you do not have this disease, but please read on.
If you pursue more knowledge, don't fall in with the "enthusiasts", who actually seem happy to have the disease.
It has been a long road since I diagnosed myself. Who would have thought that the problem origniated from something other than my back? But you see this disease magnifies injuries, making them seem much worse and more debiliating than they actually are. The disease is much, much, more common than most people suspect.
My MRI shows bulging discs at 4 locations in my lumbar spine, one of which has a lateral tear. I've got two fusions in my neck. Last year I would only rarely lift objects heavier than 15lbs, and then only with great trepidation, and the prospect of frightening back pain for days afterward.
I'd quit doing most of the things I loved. Even swimming and walking were problematic.
Then symptoms other than what might typically be associated with my back began to appear. My skin began to burn, my face was twitching, there was pinching deep in my muscles, and my back pain increasingly was accompanied by arms and hands that would fall asleep at night to a frightening degree. I was so certain that it was coming from my back. I started barraging the neurologist and neurosurgeon with appointments where I underwent MRIs, etc.
Most people with this disease see dozens of doctors before they find one that can help them, (in the unlikely event that they ever find one at all). Usually they do not find one, and are diagnosed with one malady after the next; first it may be coming from their back, which may have very real problems, then they may seem to have fibromyalgia, then maybe the progress to worse things, like Parkinson's, MLS, Lour Gherig's, etc.
When I tell you what it is, please don't knowingly nod and write your reply explaining why you don't have the disease. I respectfully ask that you don't clutter this thread unless you simply want to discuss the issue. I'm interested in communicating with people who have wierd symptoms that seem like more than what would be expected to come from their back. I respectfully ask that you don't write to say that you don't have it; yes it is probably true that most of us here don't have it. But I suspect that many of you do; many more than you would expect.
I sort of self diagnosed myself with this disease. But once I did, my life changed. For one thing, my bank accounts are a whisper of what they once were, but my life has been given back to me, if only for awhile. Insurance companies don't recognize any validity of the treatments that work for this disease once it becomes chronic. The CDC does not recognize that a chronic form of the disease exists at all.
Last night I did what I do a few times a week. I was in the Gym doing 15 reps of military presses with 70lbs. I do a whole weight workout now. Each month the difficulty I percieve from my back is restricted to only a week, and becomes less intense each month. I have returned to surfing, and doing nearly whatever I want.
It is not my intent to give you false hope. But I was contemplating taking out loans and traveling to Germany to have artificial disc surgery less than a year ago, now I am dramatically recovered. I was hanging on an inversion table, even coming home from work, desperate for relief. The inversion table sits unused in the corner of our bedroom(and it is very large much to my wife's chagrin).
I am talking about Lyme disease. I want you to be careful if you investigate it. It is so possible to have it, and to have a cure within your grasp, but then to head off on the wrong tangent and lose the hope.
You might start by finding the symptoms of Lyme as provided by a Dr. Burrascano. There are about 72 symptoms on the list.
My heart goes out to those who cannot find relief, and it is of course the case that so many can neither find the answer from what I've written here. But I believe that some of you certainly can.
Don't be intimidated, just do some research. Now I'll get up, but not because I'm afraid of the pain that might come from sitting in the wrong position for to long as I was only a few months ago. As a parting comment; I was terrified of car rides lasting over an hour just 8 months ago. Last week, I traveled out to Arizona on business but took a few days up in front to see things. I drove for over 1200 miles, a few days later I drove hundreds more in Maine, all with airplane rides to and from my home state of Florida...with almost no sensations (pain) coming from my back at all.
Be careful. The road is full of well meaning individuals who will steer you in the wrong direction, well meaning doctors who will do the same, and even some who take advantage of those who are sick (I know, I lost thousands to one of these). But for some of you the answer is Lyme disease I think. Some of you are laying there wondering why your skin burns, or your face is doing crazy things, or why your vision is screwed up all of a sudden, or why you seem to have arthritis, or the strangest of sensations and pain, and worsening back pain, and you are just lying there oblivious to help.
Best of luck