Good evening everyone. I've been an on-looker for many years.
I will do my best to summarize my experiences below.
Growing up, I always had pressure / pain in lower middle back. I now know this area as the sacrum, the center would be approximately 3" below my L5 vertebrae... I grew up in a blue collar family. Pain, struggle and humanity were evident and keenly observed. Early on I practiced mental exercises to trick my mind into interpreting pain as pleasure and achievement.
I understood back pain as a common condition. When I started school, we'd occasionally have basic health check-ups during the school day. Each of us would have our sight, hearing and back/spine checked for functionality.
The optical and hearing tests would always pass with flying colors. Every spinal exam would result in the observer struggling to pass me along, mild or borderline scoliosis was often implied. I was informed often about the importance of keeping my back strong and flexible.
With my blue collar upbringing came advice and opportunity.
Encouraged to pursuit a trade, I took carpentry as a vocation and worked mornings and evenings at a local dairy farm.
I also took up fitness and strength training. A coach at our school system was very much into powerlifting. This was an interesting pursuit to me, so I began expressing interest...
I did fairly well with the pursuit, looking back now I understand some of my bouts with pain probably were not typical.
My physique did respond and my erector spinae muscles were thick and resilient.
After working on farms and dairy's, I got the chance to become a Union Ironworker in my region.
That was my first experience with back pain so severe I couldnt dismount the bed.
I changed careers at that point in 2001. After a failed attempt at workers compensation, I began a new less physically active
Recently I had a more challenging recurrence.
In 2001 my lumbar MRI reported at l1-2 & l2-3 their is approximately 3mm posterior protrusion
At l3-4 there is very mild broad based bulging of disc
At l4-5 there is significant degenerative end plate changes at both l4 & l5. There is 4-5 mm of posterior disc protrusion. The AP dimension of the spinal canal is at the lower limits of normal, at approximately 10mm. There is mild bilateral foraminal narrowing, greater on the right secondary to discogenic and osteophytic factors.
L5-s1 there is very mild posterior bulging w/o canal or foraminal stenosis.
Until recent my back pain has been the least of my worries. My recent issues have all been bowel and bladder related.
Wednesday I will hear the results of my most recent MRI. I had that on 10/10. I am very interested in the results, looking for an explanation for the persistent pain Ive experienced in areas outside my back for all these years.