I’m very glad that I found this site. I like the article which states the back pain is complex and each case is individual.
This is what is going on with me:
I’m a 51 year old female.
I’ve had DDD (low lumbar) for about 10 years, but now I have a herniated disc. (I don’t know when it herniated, but back pain has been increasing over the past year)
My MRI from May 2008 shows: Herniation at L5-S1. size: 3mm Anterior to Posterior 1 cm across. Location: left lateral recess
L4-L5 broadbased protusion
EMG shows chronic radiculopathy Polyphasics Anterior Tib, Peroneous and L Gastroc. It also shows silent paraspinals (Don’t know what silent paraspinals means)
Now, add this to the picture: 20 year history of mechanical back pain and SI joint dysfunction and fibromyalgia. So, these are still ongoing, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they are contributors to disc problems.
I’ve also had a lot of feet problems, such as morton’s neuroma and peripheral neuropathy type symptoms. (For instance, for years I’ve had to wear socks turned inside out because the seams bother me. I also measure a 6B, but have to wear 8EE shoes, because anything smaller feels like it’s pinching my feet big time)
To control my back pain, I would walk. Several miles a day. I would also have my home exercise program.
But, this is the really complicating thing: In the fall of 2006, I developed what appeared to be athletes foot. Afer that, the real disaster happened. My feet were burning and I couldn’t wear shoes anymore. I went from doctor to doctor. I also had to stop my walking and exercise. This really led to my demise, because without my walking, and exercise my body basically falls apart.
Anyway, the burning feet could be from my radiculopathy and thank God, at the same time I got my MRI results, I recently found that taking Inderal helps. I was thrilled!!! I could finally wear shoes again and resume my walking.
But, my back is in such bad shape, walking seems to make it worse.
I have a pool, and just walking in 3 foot deep water makes the pain worse. Walking in the water seems to create this pressure right on the disc area.
I have no idea where to start. I’m going to see a surgeon. I don’t know if that is the answer. I don’t think I’m ready for physical therapy, as I’ve been through a lot of that.
If I can’t walk or even walk in my pool, I don’t know how much I could tolerate with PT, as in sometimes “neural tension” can cause adverse reactions to PT.
Also, I live in San Antonio, Texas and it seems that our hot summers always makes my back worse. I wonder if anyone else has increase pain in hot climates?
Anyway, just thought I would introduce myself. I feel very overwhelmed.
Linda Age 51
DDD since who knows when.
SIJ joint dysfunction.
IDET L4-L5, L5-S1 2002 for annual tears and discogenic pain
Current MRI (May 2008) Herniation L5-S1 3mm Anterior to Posterior 1 cm across left lateral recess
L4-L5 broadbased protusion
EMGs Polyphasics Peroneal, Ant Tibs, Gastroc with Silent Paraspinals
Have had burning red feet for the last 18 months, which left me unable to wear shoes or exercise. Lack of exercise probably ruined my back.
Meds: Too many.