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HihosilverHHihosilver Posts: 1
edited 06/18/2015 - 2:42 AM in New Member Introductions
I am hoping to use this forum to sound out ideas and advice.. I was diagnosed by an orthopedic surgeon in 2009 as having low back arthritic bone spurs which ended my working life. i am stunned after seeing a muscular skeletal doctor yesterday to be told from viewing my MRI that i have had L4/5 slipped discs from day one. The Doctor said forget about core strengthening exercises but take pills and rest and he will look at whether i have improved, or need an Epidural or surgery option when i see him next. Despite going to physio/chiropractors /pain management specialists for years i have never had more than short term pain relief so being told i have ruptured discs suddenly makes sense. i hope to find out what i should be doing from now on to get relief and improved health.

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  • Thanks for sharing your story. Even though back injury is a beast, it's nice to have imaging results that correspond to how we feel. I have a bulging/protruding lumbar disc as evidenced by MRI, but the way I feel tells me there is a lot more going on, especially in the thoracic and cervical areas. I see the pain as a great big "de-motivator," and I'm amazed by people who manage to power through their day while in chronic pain. That's not me. I'm withdrawn and happy to "ride out" my meds, especially if I've found a comfortable position.

    In spite of this, a nagging internal voice helps me to take better care of myself. One is my wife, telling me to eat a good breakfast. One is my doctor, telling me to move so the muscles in my back don't become weak. In the end, at least for me, having a good support network, that generates good advice, helps me establish the internal dialogue that helps push me forward. A lot of this depends on your personality, but if you haven't checked out the "blend" topic on these forums (just search for it), you should give it a look. I think it's helping me solidify and explore techniques for making myself better.

    Take care, and God bless you in DownUnder.
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