I am 53, and have lived with low and mid back pain for almost 30 years now, in Nova Scotia, Canada.
I have a tilted pelvis from an accident at 5 years old, mild scoliosis, oseoporosis, artritis, wedging of my vertabrae, just to name a few.
I have still managed to lead a physically active life up to 8 years ago, but slowly had to stop many activities.
About three years ago, my back was so painful that a 1 litre jug of milk from the fridge was too heavy.
My doctor sent me to an endocrynologist, which was no help at all, and to pysiotherapy.
Pysio sent me home with a rubber band to do exercises for two weeks. I was to call them at the end of two weeks and report.
When I told them there was no improvement, the pysiotherapist told me that I should be better, and not worse. So I informed her that it took me almost thirty years to get this bad, it wasn't going away with two weeks of therapy!
I never heard from her again. A year later, I pushed my Dr. into sending me for a MRI, which showed I had three bulging disks, even though he had previously told me that in x-rays my discs were fine. He set up a new appointment with pysio, which will probably come about in another year.
My biggest problem is standing. If I stand in one spot for five minutes, I'm in low back pain, and the pain doubles every five minutes. I recently had to stand for a long period of time, and was in so much pain, I could barely walk.
I went to my Dr., he said my sciatic nerve was inflamed, ( I had almost no reflexes in my right leg), so he injected a cortisone shot,(about my 25th), in my sciatic nerve. It took almost a month, just to get back to my version of normal, (unable to work, but not suffering too much). Sometimes it happens to the right side, sometimes the left, and it will definitly happen if I lift anything over 20 lbs.
Any suggestions or ideas out there?