I'm 35 and my back "went out" on me in 2008. I bent over to pick something up and felt a sharp pain and that was that, laid out on the couch for a week. I've been relatively thin most of my life but admit I haven't always exercised in or been or athletic type and haven't ever really done any strength/weights/crunches work, only for a few days when I've gone thru "I'm gonna get in shape" periods in my life.
Anyway, ever since that one episode, i've had 2 other episodes. Basically every single time i've turned a wrong way, felt a sharp pain, then I can't walk or lay down without terrible pain/spasms for 3 to 4 days. I have nagging dull pain that lingers and can go from worse to almost nothing as the months go on.
I've been to the Doc, checked me, said my spine looks fine, a tad crooked from mild scoliosis but the disc spacing looks fine, nothing deteriorating, just bad muscles and poor range of motion.. and I'll admit again, i've babied myself since that intitial injury in 2008, I always bend my knees when lifting, try not to bend over at all from the waist to pick something up, due to fear I might hurt myself again
I've gotten myself into a hole and I desperately want to fix it. I've been afraid to start full on hardcore strengthening regimens (to really get my core in shape) because I can't afford to be out of work and don't want to make it worse or hurt myself again, so like a dummy, I just deal with it and basically 'get around the problem'.
I have Advil, I have a Muscle Relaxant I can take, prescribed to me. I just can't get past the fear to try and get strong, it's scary and depressing. It depresses me because I have two young 6 year old boys and I have to not play with them at times because 'Dad has a bad back'.