I posted in one of the threads, but haven't introduced myself yet. My name is Janet and I am a 41 year old who is in great health except for having the back of a 90 year old woman!
I work as a therapist for a mental health agency. Married, with a 15 year old step-son and a one year old daughter.
At 10, I was diagnosed with Spondylosisthesis (and mild Scoliosis) and had a spinal fusion that summer. Long recovery and lots of pain.
Two years later, I dove into a 4 ft pool, hit my head and cracked an upper vertebrae.
In my twenties, I had an anterior cervical fusion.
(Don't ask me the L's and the C's- I can't remember!)
Over the years, I have experienced so much back pain. Somewhat recent MRI's (about 2 years ago) indicated stenosis and arthritis. I think I also heard the term Degenerative Disc Disease in there too. I have tried just about every drug, acupuncture, chiropractic care...you name it. The only thing that has ever seemed to help is PT and occasional use of Prednisone.
I used to have "blowouts" in my lower back every couple of months, which then decreased to every couple of years, which is NOT excessive, I know. When I would throw my back out, it would be total incapacitation. As I've gotten older, I have found that joining a gym(!) and trying to stay in shape has been the only thing to keep things manageable. If I don't exercise, I end up back in the "every couple of months" land of back and neck spasms.
Right now I am on vacation
and just before we left, I developed a muscle spasm in my mid back. The acute pain left, but I am now stuck with that lovely night time pain that keeps me up all night and prevents me from sleeping comfortably. I chalk this up to a month long gym hiatus, I guess. (Any advice on this would be hugely appreciated- I want to enjoy the rest of my vacation!)
Thanks for letting me ramble. I appreciate all of the support and knowledge on this board. Take care!