My name is Alvin - I'm 27 years old and have begun this unfortunate adventure into lower back pain. I thought I would start getting out there and getting support from other individuals who are in the same position. My goal here is to learn and grow as a person so that I may help myself and other who are also experiencing such issues.
Here is some background information of what's happened:
In 2007, at the age 20, I started my first internship in Maryland. I am a software engineer so most of my day is spent sitting at a desk programming away, for many hours on end. This was the first time I started working 8+ hours a day with minimal breaks and sitting at a desk. After 3 months, I felt a weakness and numbness in my lower back - that made me basically drop to the floor and not want to get back up. My boss saw me and called his own chiropractor to help me out. I drove to the chiropractor, which I have no idea how I did that, and the doctor basically used some sort of electro-therapy on me. This helped out, but it took about 3 days for me to get back on my feet.
Forward to July of 2013 and I experience the same exact feeling and issue. Prior to this experience, I had done tons of outside work. I mean, I cut the grass, cut bushes, moved some heavy equipment and more. Either way, I was knocked out on the floor. Same exact weakness, numbness and pain. I called a chiropractor, he came over and used the same electo-therapy stuff - which made me feel better, but I was in no way ready to stand and move around. It took about a couple of days for me to get back on my feet.
After my back went out in July of 2013, my chiropractor ordered an MRI to see what was up. The MRI came up with a mild form of spinal stenosis with narrowing between l3 and l4 and no sign of spondylothesis. So I began going to the chiropractor 2 to 3 times a month to get an alignment. But I started no therapy or exercise regimen.
In July of 2014, I experienced the same weakness, pain and numbness. This time I had done some light yard work. But, for s several weeks I built a stone wall and raised garden and moved many things around in my lawn. What can I say, I love gardening
Either way, I was on the floor for the whole day in severe pain. I couldn't go to the bathroom without my wifes help and it was the most painful and embarrassing experience of my life. I had to go the hospital, dialed 911, and they pumped me up with so many meds I couldn't feel anything.
This time my recovery has taken months, I feel like I'm still recovering now. My primary care physician ordered X-Rays which showed a slight pars defect on the left side of l4 and narrowing between l3 and l4. The doctor decided to go down the conservative route, which I prefer, so we started physical therapy. So the past three months have been strengthening my core, which I've continued and has helped me a bunch.
However, now I am 100% ready to tackle what might be going on here. I've changed my life a bunch since this past July. Including getting a firmer mattress, a couch that helps me and other sit straight with proper posture. I've bought a lumbar support pillow for the car. Every day I do my stretches and exercises for my core. And I take one or two aleves a day in order to keep pain controlled.
This past week I've scheduled an evaluation at a Spine Center for December and I'm ready to figure out what I have and what I need to do.
So thats why I'm here, and I'm hoping to get some encouragement and pointers on what I can do moving forward. Any recommendations would be awesome. And thanks for reading through the above, very long, introduction