My name is zinnia, and I have low back pain due to a herniated disk with annular tear and severe arthritis at L-5s1 and a cyst at same.
I'm glad I have found you, I am frustrated and in pain like the rest of you.
I need some friends!
My GP told me I had spondylestheseis at 4 and 5, and then the back surgeon said there was nothing about that on the radiologists report! He also told me my back looked great!
My chiropractor said that's because all he cares about is whether or not the nerves are impinged, that doesn't mean my back is in great condition.
The back dr. said for me to keep doing my job ( lifting, twisting, bending, pushing etc) I work in a retirement home, in the kitchen. My PT told me last year to stop working in my huge garden, because I was undoing everything they were trying to help me with. So I'm confused, as to what I need to do to help myself. I feel I should leave y job because it keeps the inflammation screaming at me, but maybe I am wrong. I'm not suggesting that I need bed rest- that's the worst.
I am disappointed with both of the Docs, they don't "get" the excruciating pain I have, especially a night- I can't sleep with out serious pain meds.
Other than that, he recommended an epideral.
Thanks everyone for your help!