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Suggestions for pain management options or cures! (low back)

I am looking for advice and recommendations from people who have experience from low back pain. I have two bulged/small herniations in L4/L5, L5/S1. It began in January 2012 and I have been seeking help from a back specialist ever since. I do not have shooting pain down the leg oddly enough but it remains in my butt region and all across my low back. I have tried 2 epidural steroid injections, but they wore off within 4 weeks and the side effects I received from them were more severe than the pain itself. I also tried chiropractic manipulation which made it worse. It is a dull aching pain in my low back that just does not seem to go away. I dont handle pain medicine well so have been taking 800mg of Ibuprofen 3 times a day. I believe I cant do this forever! I am just wandering what other options are out there that others have done or tried that they can recommend to me??? I thought by this point the herniation would have subsided but it has not which now makes me realize I may be dealing with this for the rest of my life. :-( I just want to get all better not mask the pain anymore with shots and pills! It does hold me back from doing many things and twisting makes it worse! Any suggestions??? Thanks!
Nicole Pelleschi


  • Nik,
    We all wanted to get better even for those who now have no other option, it is Ok to have pain management while trying to improve and using all alternative options, PM is about managing a condition that has gone past what may be a reasonable time from a prospective remedy. A cure for some may be less pain and others a more challenging notion or returning in some way to how they used to be.

    The key is that you are willing to give it as go as the reality of your options diminish PM is for some the only alternative to an invasive procedure and beyond. If a solution was as simplistic as some suggest none of us would be here, the important thing is not to drift off into an alternative lifestyle that could be managed more effectively through any pain management notion, our behaviour through CBT cognitive behaviour therapy. Pain itself create layers of change like an onion which soon mask who we are and what we become, careful attentive support and understanding helps us to manage what is at best a challenging life style and progressive restriction for some.

    I believe if you can do this for a day and many here do, then you can do it forever, not that this is anything that anyone would want and from our once healthy perspective one would expect our future to look uninviting.

    Accepting with a small a, what we can no longer do is never easy or simple, change what you can change and learn to live with the rest; those are simple yet unenviable objectives.

    Many here could supplant our experience onto you as we had those very thoughts at the infancy of our pain journey, I have lived with it, this is not of my making or desire and as you I try every single day to be the best that I can within my limitations, never give up hope of coping and good luck in your new quest for some improvement.

    Take care and God Bless you.
    John UK
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