30 years ago, after a fall, I was diagnosed with crumbling vertebrae. Two discs were removed and a double lamonectomy and fusion. Long period of recovery as expected and after roughly a year, providing I dont attempt running or any other such impact exercise, all seemed well. Now I took up many forms of low impact exercise in order to remain trim and active. But found that I had to adjust my choice of activity as the pain eventually returned. So pre-op running became aerobics classes, hill walking, treadmill walking, eventually reduced to Taichi as a form of gentle exercise to keep mobility.
At each stage the return of the pain negated a re-think of the physical exercise I could cope with.
I would normally pay dearly for any attempt to dig the garden or bend for any length of time, these lapses of wisdom costing me 2 or 3 days of sharp lower back pain.
But now I have suffered a relapse. I think the extra weight has donated to the nerve getting trapped again and this last bout of infirmity ( which has now lasted for 7 days ) is crippling to say the least. It shows no sign of settling down at this stage.
OK so I know that diet will have to play a part of this, but I really don't want to get beck onto a daily routine of painkillers. Any suggestions please. I think a trip to the doctor is inevitable, but I do not want to resort to steroids if possible.