My name is Nancy, I'm 45 and have been dealing with back problems in one form or another since I was 18. I was very overweight for most of my life. At 18 I was 400 pounds and the seat in my car partly broke and I drove 50 miles each way to work. That was my first L5S1 diagnosis. My lower back continued to give me problems until I lost the weight at 36. When I got down to 185 most of my low back pain was manageable with occasional NSAIDs.
With new found relief and strength I decided to leave my computer industry desk job and become a paramedic. In retrospect it wasn't the smartest move as they say that 80% of nurses/EMTs/Paramedics will suffer some form of back injury.
Another important thing is that I had weight loss surgery to get the weight off. This would eventually lead to a vitamin D deficiency and osteomaliga (softening of the bones, also known as rickets).
My MRI and CT reports list problems from sacral to thorasic. I've been on pain management for the last two years and I'm currently fully disabled as I can't sit or stand for extended periods.
I recently switched pain management doctors from one that pretty much just gave me a script every month to one that wants to work together to get me relief without narcotic pain meds. As most of my pain is low back after sitting they've recommended radio frequency ablation. They've identified the nerves involved with two diagnostic injections and I'm scheduled to have my left side done in a couple of weeks.
It would be great to hear from folks that have had this procedure and anything I should look out for. The idea is to get me out of pain so I can do PT as they've told me the ablation lasts 6-12 months.
That's the crash course in Nancy. I've heard great things about the site and look forward to participating.