I posted this a couple of days ago - with no response - so I'm just trying to re-word it to see if there's anyone out there with the same problem.
I have chronic pain from L4-L5 ddd, tear and bulge. I have to keep my activity level very low (about 4 hours of "light" activity a day is my limit), because the pain builds and builds, the more I do.
Aside from this, I also have periodic "acute" episodes of pain - It's not a "flare-up" - It's where I make a movement (usually standing up) and my "back goes out" - When "my back goes out" I can barely stand or walk, and I can't straighten my back at all - It takes a few weeks to recover from. This happens every 2-6 months - This is with me being very careful not to "hurt my back".
I'm just writing to see if anyone with chronic pain out there has these "acute" episodes as well. I am disabled by the chronic pain, but when these acute episodes happen, my legs just get pulled from out under me and I am in agony (unless I lie perfectly still).
Thanks - any ideas will be appreciated. I have had chronic pain (including these episodes) for four years (and have been unable to work) - had pretty well all conservative treatments/injections/therapy.