Good afternoon everyone. Probably like most here, I was in a desperate search to relieve my back pain. Just wanted to introduce myself, give you all the information I have, and get some helpful feedback.
I'm a 28 year old male, in great health (minus the back). Have a 20 degree curve of scoliosis. Up until April, I had no pain.
April-June, pain finally got bad enough, that I realized it was something serious. NOT a sore muscle.
Most likely culprits of the herniation:
-Moving my furniture up a flight of stairs
-Squats, military press, shrugs.
-Sitting for long periods (3+ hours)
-Had my back "cracked" by a chiropractor ( I will NEVER in my life do that again)
In obvious hindsight, I shouldn't have done these. But I had never had any issues in my life before.
Ok, so I was diagnosed with a herniated L1-S1 in early June. Each day the symptons linger or get worse. MUCH sciatic pain down my left leg into the toes. Shooting pain every once and a while. Guys, I'm DYIN' here. I can't friggin sit for more than 20 min without serious pain. I'm sure you can sympathize
Here is what I have done since then to try and remedy:
-Daily stretching as recommended by therapist
-TENS machine to relax muscles
-Stopped ALL lifting that effects my back.
-Gentle Decompression with wedges underneath me with chiropractor
-Ice 3-4 times a day.
NOTHING seems to relieve the pain. I know that this can take time. Maybe I am inpatient. But this stuff is ruining my life.
Why I'm really here. Lets see if anyone can relate...with this cycle!
I'm in pain>I go see someone>they give me a diagnosis >I start to worry>I stress>I get depressed> I think, oh man, I'm gonna be crippled!> I get REALLY desperate to relieve pain>I start to throw my life savings away at quick false fixes>I make a mistake (surgery) or sketchy chiropractors.
Done ranting. I'm a very determined person. But this is seriously bringing me down. Gotta stay positive, its hard.
Please, any encouragement would really really be appreciated. I could use it;
Thanks guys! Pic below