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BirdbackpainBBirdbackpain Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:40 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all, I am in need of your opinins. Sorry for the wall of text and the randomness, I copy and pasted from a blog of mine.

First off I have had back pain for six or seven years on and off with the worst being the last two years. After highschool but before I was 18 I went to the doctor complaining of a mild back pain in the lower left hand side of my back. I had never been in a tramatic accident but had hurt my back here and there but nothing serious.They took xrays and basically told me there was nothing wrong but maybe a strained muscle. The Dr prescribed pain killers and muscle relaxers.

The pain wert away for quite some time but then I applied for a hard labor postion and hurt my back several time while lifting heavy objects. A coulpe trips to the clinin and more pills but no fix in site.

It was probably two years ago and I was pulling a fuel tank out of a grand am to change the fuel pump. One hard twist and my back was hurting. The left side had the worst sharp pain EVER. Off to the Dr I went with some more pills prescribed to me but no fix. This visit them mentioned MRI but I blew it off. This is when the daily pain started to come into my life. By this time I was done with pills and quit taking them.

Last December while pulling my snow machine off the trailer I felt a familiar pain in the back. I got stuck several times and had to do heavy lifting while twisting to get it out.This was not as bad as the fuel pump incident but made me go at a different approach. The chiro. The first visit he took some x rays that showed a twisted pelvis and scoliosis. He taught me a bunch of stretches that I still do 3-4 time a day and popped me in twice a week for a month. He recomended that I go to the gym and start building my core. To the gym I went. A couple months later the pain went away. I was pain free for about four months. I thought that was the end.

Then one day doing cable rows I felt a small pain and stoped immediatly. By the end of the week I was in pain everyday. I went to my chiro a coulpe more times but gave up on him and went to a Dr but a specialist. He suggested a MRI and I agreed. Turns our I have a herniated disk in l5 S1. I wish I would of done a MRI WAY earlier in my life because I think that while changing hte pump I herniated the disk. I have lived two years like this and I am not deeply depressed and worried that I will never be perfect health wise.

A while ago I finally went in for my cortizone epidural injection. I went into same day surgery thinking I would just lay down in a normal dr office adn get my shot. Turns out I had to go into the operating room. It took about a hour. I felt pretty good leaving with little pain.

The first 24 hours I took it easy as I was told to by my Dr but had really sharp pain right on the injection site. This went on for 3 days.

A day later I went to the gym doing bi's and shoulders and kinda reinjured it straining doing standing DB curls. A day later and it had started to feel better. It has now been over a week and I have to say that the shot DID work. Well, for a while at least. a few days after I would rate my pain ata 1 to 2. Today I would call it 3 or 4. But still not as bad as before?

The thing is that the more I research hernaited disks the more it makes me think it is a miss-diagnois. It makes no sence how I was pain free for about four months and then it came right back. Also while getting diagnosed the Dr's thought it was wierd that when laying on my back and raising only 1 leg I was fine. But when both legs were brought up I was in pain.

Another thing is when I was feeling pain free it was after a month of adjustments for my chiropractor and I was doing high intensity cardio. When I look back it seems that when I slowed my cardio the pain came back.

What would you guys do? Should I go visit my chiropractor and get readjusted? Go and get more epidural injections?


In pain in idaho,


MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014

MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16

Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29


  • Edit.. I forgot to mention that the pain does not go all the way down my legs. Or really into my legs at all. More my hips/ glutes. Every now and then I will get a little numbness but taht is it.
    MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014

    MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16

    Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29
  • Welcome to SH. Herniated discs tend to reabsorb and shrink back so that pressure on the nerves decreases, thus less pain or no pain. But the area is weakened and it can reherniate easily. Personally, I would go for another ESI to decrease the inflammation and intense physical therapy that included stretches and pool therapy. Weight lifting I would hold off on for a while. This is just my personal opinion from personal experience. I am not a fan of chiropractic care.

    Best wishes to you,

  • I would think that getting a doc to do an evaluation of your spine would be a good step. Whatever doc you are seeing now, is he a spine specialist or just your GP? Have you been seen by a neurosurgeon or ortho or neurologist? I would think holding off on a chiro adjustment until you really know what's going on would be a smart way to go.

    Welcome to Spine Health.

  • So far all I have seen is orthepedic surgeon who refered me to a pain specialist. There was also a Dr that read my MRI's, not familiar or what his title was.

    So far I have not been impressed with any of my doctors. The ortho, after hearing about my chronic pain, just wanted to give me pain meds. I was like, NO, how about we find out WHY I am in pain. Then he ordered a MRI :/

    MircoD of L4-S1 on 3/5/2014

    MRI stating either re-herniation or post-op granulation tissue- 5/16

    Re-herniation confirmed, ESI on 5/29
  • Your description of symptoms certainly sounds like disc-related pain.

    Lifting both legs (as oppposed to one) off the table would increase significantly intradiscal pressure and would fit with some of your description as disc-related pain.

    Disc issues are common and complicated. Often times people are told they have degenerative disc disease or scary-sounding things like that when wear and tear in the discs is ubiquitous.

    It is encouraging that you have done well after an epidural injection. The best fix in the long run will likely be to work on lumbar stabilization and abdominal bracing exercises. It sounds like you enjoy exercise already. To focus on some back-specific exercises and abdominal bracing would hopefully give you some control of the issue so you do not need to rely on someone else to be adjusted or have other passive interventions.

    I have a few posts on my blog related to abdominal bracing and core stabilization exercises. There is a lot of information out there in other spots too on these exercises.

    Hope that is helpful.
  • Sounds like your disc bulge is asymptomatic. Much more likely that you have torn your gluteal fascia where it adjoins your iliac crest. If you palpate over the bony rim shaped like an elephants ear over the buttock you will probably find penny sized spots of pain. A minor problem structurally but very debilitating- not actually a back problem either funnily enough. This condition also mimics sciatica beautifully. Forget injections and treatment is easy. Get back to me if the above tallys with your condition.
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