I'm a 45 year old guy who has had 20 years of lower back pain including disk operation about 15 years ago.
My current situation is that every morning I wake with pain and what I believe is called a lateral shift with my upper body being shift over to the right in relation to my legs/hips. I can't put my socks on and have to be very careful or it goes into full spasm and I collapse. But I'm OK at managing it and if I'm careful, within an hour or two (or less with a hot bath or a valium) it's pretty much corrected and I'm left just with the usual stiffness and residual minor pain.
Over the years I've had various specialists, chiros, physios etc etc and now the doctor is telling me I have to put up with it and that's that.
But obviously I'm not entirely happy with that. My father had similar problems, refused treatment and now is in a very bad way (nearing a wheelchair) and although they tell me it's not likely to be genetic, it's certainly a reminder not to let things drift for too long.
Any ideas? :-)