I learned about back pain the hard way this last year. I woke up unable to feel my right leg but had no back pain. The ER said that a shot I had recieved irritated the nerve gave me some prednisone and sent me home. 9pm that night I was paralyzed from the waist down and on a lifeflight helicopter. I will say I lucked out my dr. Is literally one of the best nuerosurgeons in the Ft. Worth area and the care I recieve from him and his staff is phenomenal.
I later found out I had ruptured my L5, an annular tear in my L4 and S1 as well together with a case of cuada equina syndrome. 7 hours of surgery later I found that my doc fixed the rupture and left the rest alone because of my age (I'm 30) no fusion for me and has treated me in my opinon appropriately and conservatively.
I had a month stay in the hospital for some intense PT and two months of PT at home. I returned to work 8 weeks later (I'm military) then had a fusion from C5/6 to C6/7 with great success. That's another story.
That's me in a nutshell. Yes I still hurt and just had an epidural injection yesterday so were keeping the fingers crossed. I have been back to work for about three weeks, it's rough but tolerable. I will never be the distance runner I once was but over the last 6 months have become a better father and husband because of the injury. I graduate college in November so we will wait and see what the good Lord has planned for me. Good luck to everyone here keep your faith (as appropriate for you) and your attitude up. I have found we to often are our own worst enemy.
Live one day at a time and do it with no regrets. I hold my head up high with pride to the fact that i wont let my injury beat me.
Lumbar surgery 2009
Cervical fusion C4 to C7 2009
Heart ablation 2011
Lumbar fusion L4 to S1 2012 and now L1 2 3 and 4 are split and bulging.