Hello to all. I am searching for a drug-free/surgery free way to manage my pain. 10 years ago I woke up one morning and couldn't sit down because of pain in my groin and going down my leg. Within 72 hours I was on an emergency room floor being admitted to the hospital. I had surgery for Cauda Equina. I had excellent results with an excellent recovery that took a while (a couple of months). Then, I had neck surgery for the same thing (a disk). Again, I had excellent results with an excellent recovery.
Last year, I started suffering back pain again. I did not see a doctor and it seemed to resolve itself. Now, about a year later, the same thing has happened. I can't sit down for any period of time. But, the severity of the pain seems to be diminishing over these past 2 weeks. However, it is quite bothersome and has at times left me in tears. But, I'm hanging in there. I'm looking for a drug free way to live. I finally killed the pain with alcohol one day (not really a good choice, but it worked). I was able to sleep (pass out?) for more than 2-3 hours. I only did that once and it was done out of desperation.
My plan has been to pay attention to my diet eat healtful foods and lose weight), start a regimen of glucosamine/chondroitin (expensive even in generic form), and to start walking more. Then, I want to graduate to other exercises. I have also found a meditation site.
I'm hoping to meet others who have managed to rid themselves of pain without the use of drugs. My main downfall at this point has been horrible in that I started smoking again. I'm pretty much housebound at this point, but I can now bathe myself and change my clothes (a major accomplishment) after a period of days when I could not do so.
I'm trying to "infuse my brain" with the notion that positive action will yield positive results. This is a hard road for me. I hurt all of the time and the inability to sleep takes its toll.
However, I'm trying to stay positive.