Thank goodness i found this site!
I've suffered back pain on and off for 9 years , I'm 54 years old and i work as a School Site manager so i have a very physical job.
I'm now in my 15th week of chronic back pain/ spasm etc .
i've had 11 of those weeks off work , 7 Chiropractic sessions, 3 physio sessions and 1 session of traction and i'm still no better.
My GP is not interseted and says there is nothing he can do , he says surgery is not an option and just keep taking the pain meds !!
I had to push for an xray which showed a worn disc in the lower back .
Needless to say i am now so depressed as well as in pain , i feel someone has taken my life away from me , i don't know what to do . I try going out for short walks etc with my partner and after 20-30 mins my lower back is so tight i can hardly walk . Then when itry to get back into the car or sit down the spasms start and i can't move . I usually have to take valium and wait an hour or so for things to become a little easier .
Can anyone tell me if ths is likely to improve , will i ever be able to walk, shop, have a normal life again ?
I do gentle stretching exercises daily , they help slightly .
I'm worried that i'll have to give up my job and basically at the end of my tether .
Any help advice etc would be most welcome .
By the way i am female and live in the Uk so have to rely on the NHS for treatment although the Chiropractic treatment and Physio i funded myself as my GP offered me no help