Hi there! I am new to the forum, which I suppose is fairly obvious.
I do not have back problems myself, but my husband and dad both have some pretty big problems. My husband has never gotten a consistent diagnosis on what is wrong with his back, and why he is always in pain.
My dad is the reason I have come to this forum today. He is not my biological father, but he raised me for much of my childhood. We lost touch for several years because I moved far away, however we are back in contact, and he is very much still my dad.
Anyway, he is in a wheelchair now, and has degenerative disk disease and a severed nerve in his lower back. This severed nerve I think extends down one of his legs, because one of his legs/feet is not functional. I guess his doctor said it was foot drop, but my dad knows that it's not. I am learning more about the situation each time I visit, however, my husband and I do not get out to my dad's nearly as often as we would like.
I am hoping to gain some knowledge about back problems and pain management, as I am determined to add my voice to my dad's and get his concerns and needs heard by his doctors. But I don't want to do that if I know nothing about back pain management. I will probably be posting this in the actual pain management forum as well, but I figured this is a decent enough introduction.
I am willing to learn about any and all forms of pain management and run them by my dad. He is currently only on I think 5mg of Oxycodone, and that is not doing anything for his pain.