I have lurked in this forum for over a year now and just recently joined to get a question answered. As I suspected, my question was addressed in a matter of minutes and I just want to say thank you to the community.
I am a 35 year old Navy Vet. I was landing on and aircraft carrier and my shoulder harness failed when we hit the wire I kissed my knees and blew out my L5-S1. Was medically retired from the Navy after refusing surgery within two years.
It is now 3 years after my discharge and I am still fighting the sugery. I don't know all the technical terms that you guys quote. I have almost Zero disk left at L5-S1, L4-S5 has started to degenerate. I have been through years of physical therapy, I have seen 7 different chiropracters, I have had 4 nerve blocks, steriod therapy, spinal decompresion and a host of medication.
I know eventually I will have to have the sugery, it just scares me to let someone cut me open with a 50% success rate. I could get better, I could get worse, flip a coin. Thats what bothers me. With an absolute saint of a Docter I have found a combination of medication and stretching that allows me to function and get through the day at work. Some days are better than others, some weeks are better than others, but I am coping and I guess thats as much as I can ask for.
I really find comfort in this forum and just reading that other people are going through the same and understand what I am going through. It is difficult with back pain because you are doubted so much. Throughout my treatment I have had horrible docters and even worse nurses, I have felt like people snicker behind my back and have been made to feel like a lowlife drug addict. I am blessed to have found a wonderful Docter who has had a spinal fusion and understands what I am going through and a patient Neuro who allows me all my doubts about surgery.
So once again thank you to you all for your posts, hopefully I can become a productive member.