I have just joined the forum and thought I would introduce myself. My name is Michael Decelis and I am from Adelaide, South Australia. A few years ago I was a chronic back pain sufferer; I had severe sciatica that resulted in extreme pain and a body that tried to compensate and instead created deformation to my body. My torso was shaped like an S and I was permanently hunched over. I was taking pain killers like lollies for me to even have a mild level of function. I had no social life due to the embarrassment of my deformed body and the pain I was always in. I spent thousands of dollars on treatments and spent hours doing exercises everyday. This was all to no avail, and nothing seemed to bring me relief. However, I am happy to report that after more than a year of debilitating pain and a developing mental illness I am now pain free and have full functionality back. I have my life back!
I thought I would share my story to inspire others to keep working hard and to keep their heads up. I know how hard it can be and how much it can get you down, it feels like you will be that way for the rest of your life. There are many times that I could have just gave up, but I remained positive as best I could and kept working to find a solution to my problem. If you give up you'll never get better. Stay positive people, I'm sure there is a treatment out there that will work for you, it's just a matter of finding it.