I have been thinking about joining a forum to learn more about my condition, so here I am! I've been dealing with back issues for the last year, and recently I realized I don't know a whole lot about what is wrong with me.
Over the past year I've been dealing with lower back pain that seems to last 3-4 weeks each episode. I can go a week to a few months relatively pain free between episodes. I had been seeing my doctor each time the pain got really bad, and she had just dismissed it as lumbar strain and sent me home with some paperwork. In May of this year, 2013, I relocated for work and obviously had to find a new doctor.
My new doctor took a great interest in finding out what would cause such frequent/chronic pain in someone my age(26). Due my lack of insurance he ordered an xray. At my next appointment he told me that xray showed Lumbar Spinal Stenosis/Lumbar Spondylosis. I wasn't prepared for this so I didn't have many questions to ask him, he gave me a bunch of prescriptions and a referral for a chiropractor and then physical therapy.
I don't have the money to see a chiropractor and I really don't have money for to see a physical therapist. So I have just been doing exercises to strengthen my core muscles and taking care not do anything that could hurt my back. I have been mostly pain free for the last two months however this week it has started to act up again but it isn't real bad yet.
Well that is me and my condition, I imagine we'll be around here for a while.