Hello to everyone. I have been reading this site and forums for a while now and am always impressed by the informative range of responses. Was wondering if anyone had any input for my issues.
I am 30 years old now, and around 6 years ago started to get very mild chronic pain in my lower back - very low down. I have done mild phisio over the years, and after an MRI was shown I have a bulging disc (I can't actually remember whether it was L5 or L4 where the bulge was). Around 2 years ago I had a bad flare up due to moving tiles on the ground and that was what led me to the MRI. I again had phisio and saw a pain management clinic. As I was coping not too bad and swimming regularly, the doc simply said it was something I had to live with for the rest of my life like diabetes and I would never get rid of the pain. At 28 I was quite gutted to hear this.
I am now a father (10 month old - best little boy in the world) but am really struggling. Also have a very supportive wife. Around 7 weeks ago I pulled my back pulling the little ones pram up a kerb, and since then have been far worse. Around 3 1/2 weeks ago I started seeing a chiro who, after taking an X-ray, showed me that the gap between L5 and the sacrum was narrower than the others. He was very confident that with treatment he could make the pain disappear, or if not, greatly reduce it.
The lower back pain has subsided quite a lot, but now I have hip pain (had for 2 years very moderate). Its got worse and is particularly bad on the right side. I also have pain in both buttocks which I was wondering if it was the piriformis muscles? Was wondering if anyone thought that these issues could be a side effect of the chiro adjustments and is something to be expected as my spine is learning its new positions?
Its getting hard to live with this and I am finding myself worrying more and more. I am a teacher by the way who loves my job!
Thanks for listening and I welcome and responses.
TLIF L5-S1 09/02/2015