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40 years of lower back pain

grayvikingggrayviking Posts: 1
edited 11/23/2015 - 10:42 PM in Lower Back Pain
HI, I'm 60 yrs old, and retired, I spent 20 years in the Marine Corps followed by 20 years of being self employed.
My back pain has been pretty much the same for 40 years. From the same place with varying symptoms.

When I was younger the pain was so severe when I had an episode the pain was so severe I couldn't walk or move. There never has been an obvious event or activity that caused it. And nothing consistent. Most of the time it was treated with muscle relaxers and recommendations for exercise.

By the time I retired from the Marine Corps at 37, the episodes would result in me laying on the ground until the pain subsided enough to gradually get up.

This continued on for the next 20+ years of working construction. At 55 I was diagnosed with stage 2B Hodgkins Lymphoma. Chemo therapy damaged my heart muscle which subsequently resulted in a tachycardia attack. Followed by an IED defib/pacemaker.

I have had MRIs, CT scans and will be going to the VA on weds for a neurological consult. Maybe narrowing of the spine, maybe arthritis, maybe vertebrae alignment, My concern is they are going to see an overweight 60 year old guy and treat that instead of 40 years of severe lower back pain originating from the same spot.

Another symptom I've noticed lately is sometimes the episodes cause some kind of spinal alignment issue. Meaning I can't stand up left/right not front /back. I've also noticed a "clunk" in my lower back when I lay down. Sometimes its so severe I can feel the impact travel up through my spine.

I have moderate to severe pain now almost everyday. I can't walk any significant distance, bend over. or stand for very long. The rest of me is in pretty good shape yet, So I'd really like to get another 20 years out of the body if possible. But, not with this kind of pain everyday or being on muscle relaxers or pain meds.



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  • Hi I too had 40 years of back pain. I am the same age as you. It wasn't until 2 years ago that my spondy was found by accident. The consultants were looking for Parkinsons disease as I had problems with my foot sticking to the floor. It is truly frustrating when you are in pain to not know what is going on. I was continually told I had sacriolitis I had problems walking and had to throw my body forward to stop the pain every few yards. Just before my fusion at L5 S1 I could barely walk at all. All you can do is keep plugging away. Different Drs read MRI's differently. It is very difficult I find, to keep weight in check when you are have limited mobility. I hope you have a diagnosis soon.
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