I'm new to the site, but not to the back pain...!! (Lol)
About 16 years ago I fell (about 12'-15'ft) at work and landed across a metal rack. I was only off a couple of days, and like most of you... Just figured the pain would go away !?... Slowly over the next couple years, I found it harder to do stuff, and some stuff I've had to give up all together...!! I've been through "All" the physiotherapy programs, chiropractors, acupuncture, exercises... etc....!!! I am 47 yrs old 175-180 lbs (of muscle)... Physically fit, in good health, the only problem is this "€%~#" back. I've managed to continue to work (modified duties) since my accident but am always struggling with the pain (from 4's-9's)... But the last few years seem to be getting worse...??
Well here we are 2013 and I'm only now actually getting a "real" diagnosis...!!!, first was "Degen. Disc Disease", then "Facet Joint Dysfunction"... On my 4th or 5th MRI a pain clinic narrowed it down to L4, L5, and or S1 nerve roots. They want to start steroid injections, then nerve blocks once they pinpoint it. I really hoping it doesn't end up in surgery as I have heard some horror stories...!!!
I can still manage to ride my motorcycle, it seems that is the only "mental" relaxation I get anymore as all my "Hobbies" have slowly been eliminated due to my back pain. My greatest fear is loosing the ability to ride...!!
I am 6-8 years from retirement, and the company has decided to try and increase my duties... (Due to budget / funding) at the same time, my last MRI has shown the disc is ruptured and leaking at L5, or S1... "What Next"...??
I've been fighting with this so long, I just need to find a "Break" or some sort of partial / temporary relief...??
No one can understand unless they are in "Our" situations...!!