I am new here. I have been looking for extra support for young people with back problems. Charities, Advice lines, support groups, extra physio, benefit advice, travel help etc. This is the most positive forum I have so far found. Thank you spine-health!
I have had problems in my lower back for several years, I have previously self-treated, ignored and 'got-on-with-it'. I am 28years old. I am a nuresry school teacher, I love yoga and swimming and lead a busy active life...or I used to. I also have epilepsy which complicates things but I have never let it stop me.
At the start of this year however, my back pain got much worse. I developed continual shooting pains, spasms, numbness through my legs and burning pains into my skull through my neck. An MRI shows I have a slipped/prolapsed/bulging disc at L3 and L4 and I also have a herniated disc at L5. It affected my sleep which has made my epilepsy worse too. A lifetime of taking heavy unknown 'new' anti-epileptic drugs has made me super wary of medication and surgery- especially when it is not a guarnteed cure. I want holistic long-term healing not a 'quick-fix' that'll break again soon.
I haven't worked for the past 5 months and progress has been very very slow, I have been signed off work till July at least. I relate so much to so many of these posts. My world has been turned upside down. In the past 5 months I haven't walked more than 100m. The mental challenge being in pain has presented me with is, for me the hardest part. I cant walk or drive so getting to my physio appointments is a real challenge- when I asked my GP about this she suggested that I get on the Pensioners hospital bus...........I am 28.......not 82!
To try and maintain some sanity I have started a blog about my experiences with back pain and epilepsy: http://www.empowermentepilepsyandelephants.com
please check it out if you'd like to. My aim is to keep as positive as possible and believe in my bodies power to heal.
I am also thinking about starting a support service for young people with back pain as there doesn't seem to be much around. I'd love to hear from you if you'd be interested in this too.
I wish everyone here patience, positivity and persistance!
I’m Lucy. I care about our planet, health, empowering women and creative education. My challenges include Epilepsy, long-term Back Pain, Panic Attacks and Neuralgia.