New member here. 40 yr old male- athletic, active, in shape (until last year plus due to inactivity)
I could repeat a lot of what I have read here but basically chronic lower back pain. Can't concentrate kind of pain. Read and post to forums during work kind of pain. Most severe is when I sit, especially on hard surface, stand, drive. Activity helps when its not at an elevated state. My problem is that xray and mri dont really show anything 'significant'. Because of that I dont seem to inspire any concern or curiosity from the medical community and I cant even relate to friends and family other than "back pain". I played college level sports and know when something is wrong. Can MRI's be wrong? Totally?
I have core weakness and I have worked on for a year, (My body shimmies and shakes uncontrollably when I pass a certain range of bend, like the beginning of a situp) but core exercises hasn't really helped. I dont think it is "an exercise" issue- too severe. I've had an epideural, tried synergy release therapy, cortisone/lydecaine injections, massage, skelaxin, naproxen, various pain meds- no avail. One begins to question sanity after a while.
Curious if anyone "took a flyer" on surgical intervention and had success.