I'm really pleased to have found this forum as I've been hunting around for info on the web, and finding it a bit of an information overload. Basically I've been told by my physio that I have hypermobile joints, and that's what's causing my back problems. It started last summer, and after suffering with mild to moderate pain for a few weeks I went to the doctor, who said it would be weeks before I would get seen by a physio on the National Health Service. So I went private, and the physio said straight away that my L4 had rotated. So I had some physio, did the exercises she gave me, and things pretty much settled down in a few weeks (I was never right though - always stiff and not very comfortable). Then this weekend I started getting nagging pain, which developed over 48 hours to severe pain, so bad I had to call out the doctor one morning because I couldn't get off my hands and knees. By the time the doc arrived I was covered in sweat, and really in a state. She gave me an injection of dicloflex, and some more dicloflex to take orally, plus diazepam and codeine pain relief. I'd already made an appointment with the physio the day before, and I managed to get there. The physio said my L4 had rotated again, and was pressing on my L5. Again she tells me that my back is hypermobile, and that once she's manipulated it back in and I'm a bit better, I need to concentrate on strengthening my back through exercises. Well, I'm more comfortable today (still in some pain, but the drugs are helping), but feeling so down about all of this. Looking at some of the back problems others have, mine pales into insignificance, but I wondered if anyone could tell me whether I'm getting good advice? Two local people are saying not to use this physio - from their experience she isn't very good - and that's making me wonder too. Should I get a second opinion? And can anyone point me towards a good resource (web page, video, book) about strengthening your back? I work with computers (self-employed) and need to be able to sit for long periods, but right now I'm struggling. There's no sick pay for me if I'm unable to work :-( These drugs are spacing me out too...
Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to offer their advice :-)