I'm new to this forum and am just looking to introduce myself, I'm a 36yr old man that lives in Perth, Western Australia, I'm looking to find the best help, the best practices and what works and doesn't work for my condition, call preventative maintenance with a long term plan.
I go to the gym as often as I can - Usually 3 to 4 times a week and I was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis L4 - Between Grade 1 to 2 (Which may be worse or better - Unknown at this stage.) with Spina Bifida Occulta L5 in my eary 20's and I have used pain management when I need to, otherwise I try and keep away from the meds for I don't want to build up a resistance and don't want to cause more problems taking them.
I see there are quite a few people that have experience the same thing, in regards to the non-understanding and unsympathetic ridicule / stigma, that is associated with having back pain, I have experienced the same thing with some friends and unfortunately family.
After 18 x months of being on light duties and going through a mild case of depression, I felt vindicated when I was told that I had a back condition .... but it definitely was a bitter sweet pill.
Told I wouldn't be able to go back to the job I was doing at the time and so I got paid out from the company I was with and had to sell my newly bought car and then had to go into a completely different industry that paid quarter of what I was getting previously.
So thank you for reading my profane dribble, I thought I would regal you with a little about my journey and hope to correspond with fellow sufferers and medical practitioners alike. Please feel free to share your journey and advice on what you have found that works for you.