It is so good to have a place to get insight into back pain. I would like to thank everyone for their ideas and ways of coping with this difficult issue.
I have had chronic lower back pain for over a year. Before that it was building for several years before it changed to constant pain. It was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and bursitis in both hips. While the pain does not go down into my feet/legs the pressure does. Movement causes sharp lower back pain. Sitting is very painful and leads to seizing up of my back leaving me unable to move. Standing and walking are equally painful. Anti inflammatory meds don't help. Pain meds are ineffective. Changing to a stronger med does relieve the pain but am unable to function on them. I have seen a rheumatologist, physical therapist, chiropractor and neurosurgeon. The first neurosurgeon did not want to treat me as I am diabetic. The second neurosurgeon is currently hampered by my insurance company. My neurosurgeon has ordered single nerve root injections and a discogram that were denied by my insurance. He stated that the only procedure he could do in my case is spinal fusion. In fact, most treatments are being denied by my insurance. The ESI shots did not help. I am in constant pain and now forced back to work. Here is the dilema. My employer wants to convert my work station/cubicle to standing. Has anyone here found that to be a solution to back pain? Or even enabled them to continue working?
At my wits end with no where to turn.