I have always had some back pain. I can remember my father making comments on me having to take too many breaks when I was hoeing the weeds in the back yard. The pain was only a nuisance until I joined the armed forces. I had ankle issues early on in my military career. That led to my hip rotating which in turn led to my back going out on me. Once I got an MRI of my spine, I found that my L5 was fused to my sacrum, and I had deterioration of my L5-S1 disc. For a few years I managed the pain with pain pills. However, the flare-ups were getting too bad and too often for pain killers to suffice. My surgery took place in June of 2012. I am very glad I had the fusion done. My average pain level has gone from a 7 to a 2.
For those of you that have metal in your body, what is the best remedy for cold weather?
What are some alternatives to medication for pain relief?
How long does it take to get to my new 100% after surgery?