Mom of 2 boys who's NS said I have a textbook bad back. I've had problems since I was in junior high. Diagnosed with a spondylolisthesis (after a chair was pulled out from beneath me...) at age 12. Now at 28, I am still suffering! I herniated L5 S1 during my last pregnancy (last Aug) and exhausted all conservative methods trying as hard as possible to avoid surgery. Finally, gave up in April and had a discectomy and laminectomy. I am STILL hurting, though. Had another MRI done June 12 which shows no recurrent disk problems at that level, but does show DDD, 2 other bulges, and my Grade 1 spondy (which is stable!). But nothing to explain the pain on my right side now. Finally in PT and my therapist thinks my SI joint is out of whack and has been for a long time. So I am finally starting PT (I've been asking for it from my surgeon since surgery) my neurosurgeon can't (or won't) see my unitl August and I gave up on him and had my family doctor look at my MRI and do what he thinks is best. That's how I'm in PT. One day at a time.
So here I am, thinking I would be pretty much pain free by now...but far from it. I've starting taking a very low dose of neurontin (I'm still breastfeeding my 6 month old baby) and that helps some of the uncomfortable nerve pain.
Walking 2-3 miles a day (helps a lot!) and enjoying what I can of this beautiful summer and the time with my boys!!
Glad to see some of my old 'buddies' and welcome to the new ones. I hope this finds everyone on a "good" pain day!