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Hi my name is steve and I hope someone can help me.

I have suffered from a lot of back problems in my life. In 2007 I had an injury where i crushed the vertabrae between my T1- T4 something like that it was between my shoulders. The cushions had popped and there was pressure on my spine cause they where not straight and the bone was pressing against my spinal cored. I had no surgury but months close to a year of PT but after about a year later I started to get pins and needles and shooting pains eveynow and again down my legs with tightness in my back but it was not constant maybe once a month up until now so 2009 till now. 2 months ago I was at work where I lift a lot of heavy things that weigh between 100kg (220lb) to about 200kg (440lb) our trailer is about 2tons. We where at work when the trailer started to sink into the mud and tip over I stopped it by lifting one side when at that moment I felt an extreme stiffness and sharp pain to my lower back. Being acustom to pain I left it to heal alone using heat and cold with some streching and rest, it took a week to come right and I worried about it no more until recently I aquired a bit of an chest infection causing me to have coughing fits to the point I was retching as if I was vomiting which started to cause my back to ache a bit but I thought nothing of it until thursday morning when I picked up my 2kg vacuum cleaner and that was it I can barely walk my lower back constantly feels as though I'm being stabbed from the inside my hips feel like they are dislocating and I have shooting pains down both legs. I can't sit only stand or lie down but never without pain standing is worse than lying down and when I stand I can't bend over enough to even touch my knee's, I feel weak and always tired now and its only been 3 days from being a healthy fit and strong 25 year old I know have my girlfriend cooking for me bringing my food etc. I am literally a cripple unless I have to force myself to go to the toilet. Also one other thing my back issue from 2007 cost me a lot of money and my rugby carrer so I no longer can afford top end doctors or surgury so I would apprecite it if I could have some advice on how to deal wih the problem myself with expensive docs and surgury being my last option. Thanks to whom ever reads this essay and gives me any advice. I appreciate it.


  • But you need some medical help... true medical help. I'm assuming you do not live in the USA. I'm from the USA and have no idea how to instruct you to go about getting help where you live. However, you need to accept the fact that you need it. You can start by asking everyone you can think of family/friends of options of how you can get to a doctor. Are there free clinics? Government Healthy Care possibilities? Its hard to ask for help. Please, I understand how hard this can be, but if there are no other options, you and your girlfriend, and family are going to have to find away to get you to a qualified spine specialist. You need imaging done and done soon. The last thing you want is for this situation to become permanent. Praying for you, keep us updated.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I agree with everything AllMetal had said but would also like to add in that although somethings may heal with time but you may be beyond this, somethings stay painful if not dealt with - Physical therapy, injections whatever it may be, just find a way to get an MRI. Good Luck!!
  • hit it fast and hard right out of the gate... If you wait u could end up like some of us...in pain for years with no way out. I have had 2 surgeries, less then most here, and had no relief... My back pain happened when I was 20 and I am 46 now... Please go to a specialist... a physiatrist is the best cause they know a lot about everything concerning the spine... and they can refer you to someone if you need it.. It sounds like you are pretty tough when it comes to pain...and I wish I was, but sometimes when something is really wrong we don't pay attention and think we can "tough it out"... Good Luck
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