After about 7 years of chronic lower back pain/problems, I'm finally joining a public forum. Would love to receive advice/suggestions from anyone who has experienced the following problems or is simply knowledgeable on the subject.
I'm 30/m, 5'11" about 213 pounds.
I'm not fat, but I'm not lean either.
I'm not in good shape, nor am I really in bad shape either.
I experience chronic lower back pain. The question is never "if" it hurts, rather "how much" it hurts. Three times in my life I believe I've suffered a pinched nerve, which was bar none, the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. I really can't describe it other than screaming pain accompanied with what pretty much amounts to paralysis. When this happens I stay bed ridden for days (one time I couldn't even get up to go to the bathroom for a 24 hour period). It's the slightest movement that has caused it every time too, always in the morning.
Certain things exacerbate my pain such as driving, sitting, or standing for long periods of time. Jogging doesn't hurt and lifting really doesn't either, but for some reason walking and standing do. Walking and standing are the worst.
I've been to doctors when the pain is so bad I can't really function....they usually prescribe some NSAID, which takes the edge off for a few days, but does nothing to treat the actual problem. Been to chiropractors, which also offer very temporary relief (x-rays showed a probable herniated disc....my spine is about as crooked at the bottom as Forrest Gump's)
I've decided to lose 30 pounds and get down near my military weight, when I didn't experience any of these problems. Weight loss can't hurt right? What sucks is that my exercise capability is often limited, so it makes losing weight a bit more difficult....but I WILL do it one way or the other.
Other than surgery, do you have any more suggestions for my situation? Help is greatly appreciated. I'm not going to lie, this nagging pain really puts a damper on my life and affects both my mood and my physical capabilities.