Hello everyone.. This is my first real topic on here and im usually quite closed up about this stuff but im really looking for some answers. Ive read through the opening articles about different areas of pain, the spine etc.. And learned quite a lot already. But without self diagnosing to much I have decided to let others think it over.
My problems started a few months to 1/2 a year ago in my lower back when i had a funny walk from needing a synovial plica removed from my right knee. I figured once i walked normal after words it would go away! It did for a period but then with my job (agriculture feed store.. Like Agway except more items than just feeds) i do a lot of lifting twisting and picking items up. I know the bend and lift at the knees deal, stretch as much as i can etc.. But it doesnt help now. Ive visited my doctor, chiropractor, and even an acupuncturist. I tried some home remedies (stretches and herbs etc).
So i will copy and paste really fast some details i posted in my introduction post just for the sake of typing:
"The chiro had me relax and ice/heat when using and said i had a disc problem no xrays etc. Just a test where he elevated my leg and straightened my foot (point toes away from head) then put them back at a 90 degree angle and saw that the 90degree cause pain whilst straight was lessened...
The MD put me on prescriptions that didn't help and told me to take it easy.
The acupuncture didn't help even though it was extremely relaxing and very enjoy able. But the crazy Chinese herbal supplement she put me on did. When that ran out i tried home remedies.. To no avail. Gave up for a while.
Recently, (1 week) i started taking 100% crystal MSM 2x daily 1/2 teaspoon each, along side a turmeric supplement, small dosage of fish oil (GNC brand capsules, i believe 300mg each), and about a cup of pure aloe vera juice. All for anti inflammatory effects and bodily support. It seemed on day 1 to help but not having enough time to really know. I have a chiro appointment scheduled for the following monday as its been acting up quite bad lately (Hence the new trial run of "drugs")."
I changed last night to just the MSM, Fish oil (taking it anyways just for supposed health benefits), aloe vera juice, and devils claw which was recommended by a friend who had back pain then surgery and is taking it for such. Its been about a week and ive noticed small changes.. Most with how the flare up i had when i started.. Which was quite bad. It has lessened faster than my normal episodes did in the past. But over long term i cant say as i dont have the data. The pain is majorly right above my left hip on the back, and on bad days spreads down my left leg. I dont have almost any flexibility for bending on that side, no where close to my right.
Ive decided the symptoms is similar to sciatica, with chronic pain that fluctuates. So.. Thats my story and i hope someone can give me some tips.. Im heading back to the chiro next week to start from square one again and really attempt to fix this..