I have searched and searched the internet and it always results in me reading these forums, so I thought I'd post myself and give it a shot.
I'm a 29 year old female with two young children. My youngest child is almost 2 and weighed 30 pounds at 6 months old. She weighs 34 now. She's been a load on my back to carry around.
I went to a Dr. because my low back hurt so bad I couldn't sit, sleep, exercise, or go to the grocery without it resulting in extreme discomfort. I don't consider myself a whiner. I don't like to go to the Doctor.
Three Doctor's and two MRI's later they found a broad bulge at L5 S1. And an extra vertebra in that area as well. He doesn't seem to be too concerned about it. I have another normal bulge in my upper spine but it doesn't bother me at all. This one is crippling me. Can't sleep, can't be active, can barely clean my house and care for my children. My hips, thighs, calves, buttocks, and obviously my low back. He prescribed lyrica, ultram, hydrocodone, and soma. I hate the lyrica it makes my brain feel like jelly, the ultram is okay but too much makes me dizzy and too little doesn't help. Soma helps me sleep but doesn't seem to alleviate any pain and I don't take it much. Hydrocodone is addictive and I'd rather not have that problem to go along with this one.
So finally, my question is I've been researching yoga positions, exercises whatever I can do to help heal it and I wondered what things were bad, what were good. Is arching bad? Is eliptical machine bad? Is bending to my toes bad? Walking hurts so much, I limp after going to the grocery. I cannot live my life like this and I'm just reaching out to see if anyone knows what I can do?
I called to ask my Doctor but haven't heard back yet. I feel like I'm just stuck with this miserable pain. I don't want to be this person.
Thank you for reading this.