Hi. I'm a new guy here. Glad I found these forums I hope I can learn and share here along with everyone here. I have gone through many posts here and I can tell there are many that are truly suffering every single day and my heart goes out to you. I hope that I can still get some advice here even if my pain is sporadic, for now at least.
I have an undiagnosed lower back problem. Still not sure what the source of my pain is after my first episode over 2 years ago and seeing many types of docs, 4 chiros, an MRI and EMG nerve test (both "normal), couple of rounds of PT.
All I know at this point is I tend to set my back pain off when I carry heavy objects at an awkward angle. This last time I was loading and unloading plants and compost into and out of my car and that did me in. This year I have set it off 3 times and I'm really down about it but staying optimistic because I know I will more or less be back to "normal" eventually.
So I'm about 1 week in, my lower back of course aches and aches and I have on and off aching pain in the lower part of my leg and some numbness in my foot (left). The pain is generally not unbearable, at it's worst sometimes I get this feeling like a butter knife is being jabbed into my back but luckily this doesn't happen very often. This time around the stabbing pain hasn't reared it's ugly head yet.
At this point I know I am going to be in various levels of pain for the next month before this settles down and I have to be extra careful about posture, activity level, and lay off any type of lifting heavy objects.
My routine in the past has been taking Aleve and lots of walking each day. Normally I run a few miles couple times a week and play racquetball but I lay off these until I know I'm better.
I was wondering if fellow sporadic back pain sufferers here had any tips they could share on what they do to nurse themselves back to some normalcy.
I would like to hold out hope that I can get over this faster than the 4-6 weeks it has taken in the past. I know my wife and son would appreciate it too.
Thanks for your time and looking forward to your wisdom!