Hello all, I am new to this forum. I have had lower back pain for over three years but lately it has been getting much worse. For a couple years I would get low back pain and be able to get a chiropractic adjustment to reduce the pain completely. Recently I have been unable to get the pain to go away with chiropractic adjustments. I had an MRI done about 4 months ago and it showed a left side disc extrusion at L5/S1, a right side disc bulge at L5/S1, mild diffuse disc bulge at L4/L5, retrolisthesis at L5/S1, small Schmorl’s nodes along L2, L3, and S1 endplates.
I decided to try spinal decompression to relieve the pain since chiropractic adjustments weren’t working for me. Unfortunately the treatment only seemed to make the pain increase and caused my mobility to decrease. I even started having pain shoot into my right buttock. I stopped the decompression therapy and am now trying Acupuncture. It seemed to be working at first but now I am not seeing much relief from the pain. I have tried Yoga, core strengthening exercises, McKenzie stretches, Qigong, TENS, heat, ice, meditation and over the counter pain medicines. I have had mixed results with just about everything I have tried but the limited mobility and pain are still here and seem like they are getting worse. Recently the pain has been moving into my right buttock, and some days there is nothing I can do to relieve the pain but wait it out which can take a while.
I am extremely frustrated dealing with this pain. I used to be a very active person and I am finding myself giving up many of my hobbies because they are too painful. I have young children at home and the most frustrating part is not being able to pick my kids up. This injury is having a significant impact on my quality of life. I wonder if anyone is ever able to get back to 100% back health after having debilitating back pain? I don’t like the idea of having to take pain killers for the rest of my life and I really don’t like the idea of back surgery but it looks like that might be the path I am on at this point.