I am posting this on behalf of my brother. He has had 3 back surgeries since 2004 with the last being done in 2007 after he fell off a roof whilst at work. He has had the L4-5 discs replaced, fusion of the L5-S1 and L4-5. well to say he is in constant pain is a understatement! - he cannot sit, stand, bend, walk or do any sort of movement for more than 10 minutes before being in agony! - hot water bottles on the back, spas and medication prescribed from his doctor including Ibuprofen and Gabapentin taken in even the largest doses do not help the pain for more than a few hours at a time. He is getting more and more unhappy and is not the lively outgoing brother I miss. I am here to see if anyone else has had the same type of surgery and what, if anything you are doing to help with the pain and live "normal" day to day lives. is there any alternative therapies he can do, or particular doctors he could see to try and help him and get him active again without the constant pain. any help or comments would be appreciated as I am struggling to find some way to help him!
Catherine and Paul