Hello (or G'day). I'm from Newcastle, N.S.W, Australia, came upon this site, looking answers to back pain.
I blew my back (as I put it), about 20 years ago, getting dressed for work one morning & as I bent to get something off my side table, I sneezed.
And that was the moment that set me down the road looking for relief from pain. Many people have told me that the sneeze was just the final straw & it could have been anything to set it off. Regardless, it has totally changed my life, learning copping skills, pain management & training myself to do the simplest of things (like turning over in bed)
I have been diagnosed with L5/S1 chronic disc & bulge & L4/5 bulge & suffer from sciatica (boy do I suffer).
Sciatica pain is something that has taken over my life, there seems to no escape from it when it flares. Trying to sleep, stand, sit or walk. Last onset lasted for 3 months even with a really fantastic Physio I go to & the period between bouts is now measured in days, when it used to be weeks.
Anyway, enough from grumble bum. Pleased to know you.