hello. it's actually been a few years since i've checked this message board, mainly because i've been lucky and healthy and busy with my 5 year old (just started kindergarten). it's been so long that my old username and password was not recognized.
anyway, i just thought i'd check to see if any of the "old-timers" might still be around.
if not, i hope it's because they've been lucky too.
my case wasn't very serious: ddd; went to PT (he wasn't very good); afterwards, just did stretches and tried to be more active than i had been. lost a little weight (only about 5 pounds) but every little bit helps.
thankfully, i'm always aware that i'm just one step away from hurting my back again. most days are good but there are times when i can feel that feeling in my back and i kinda panic inside. i take it easy and make sure that i don't go over the edge again.
i've hurt my back maybe 3 times in the past and each time required about a week of just laying on my back.
right now, my back is okay but i did something and i've got a pinched nerve. a weird feeling runs from my left should down to my left elbow. sometimes it's just a nuisance but other times it's quite painful.
i asked my PT for something to read so that i can help take care of my own back and he recommended Robin McKenzie; i see that some others have mentioned his name.
i do think the exercises help though i'm very careful not to push too hard.
anyway, just wanted to say hello to anyone who might recognize this old username and how glad i am that this site is still up and very active.
take care everyone.