I had a laminctomy of L5 S1 in 1995 while in the army. After getting out in 1996, I had my back swell up from sitting in a hard chair all day(work training).
I had never experienced this type of pain before and went back to see the doc. He said it as nothing and I would be fine.
Jump forward to today and I still have the same problem. If I over reach/bend down or something similar, my lower back muscles will tighten up and I will feel a electric shock in that area. Depending on how bad it happens, I may pass out from the pain.
The docs have had me on every known pain med, pool & physical therapy there is. These episodes used to happen maybe once or twice a year, but it seems after my fall bladder surgery in may/2010 it happens every few months.
Started to see a acupuncture doc Last week and had two sessions. Today I felt my back start to swell after simply sweeping the floor and decided to lay in bed before it got worse.
I am a 43 year old male. This same problem has really bothered me all here years and I'm constantly living in fear thinking "ok if I do this will my back flare up?".
I'm at my end on what to do. A recent visit to a neurosurgeon revealed nothing after a full neck to lower back MRI. He stated I needed to see a pysiologist(sp) as it appeared to be more muscle related.
From spending years dealing with this I think the muscles were weakened from the laminctomy, but how do I strengthen them without causing swelling and leaving me unable to walk for weeks?