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Earlier this spring, my lower back began to bother me again, the following fall I had been in physio sessions for it and it had cleared all up. But of course, once it cleared up, I stopped doing my stretches and core exercises.it
So after a few months of this increasing stiffness and pain this July I bent over and that's when I felt the bones in lower back suddenly shift forward, I presume the tightness of my lower back muscles played a part in pulling the bones and shifting them in an already unstable joint area. It promptly seized right up in spasms. After I had made it to a chair and let it subside, it felt relatively ok, still sore cause now those stiff back muscles were in total lock down..so if I thought it was sore before...things can always get worse as they say.
Went to work that evening, for had just started a new job and was in that 3 month probation period where you do your best to make the cut. At lunch time, back went into major spasms again and had to be rolled on office chair over to exit door to my van and then went to emerg. Where they managed to get some kind of xray, was tough for any little movement and the spasms overtook me. It was taken with me laying on xray table..no standing for me! Was given an anti spasmodic injection, and a Flexeril tablet with a script for some Tylenol 3 tabs and Flexeril.
Back was too sore to toe the mark for next nights shift and promptly lost that job...With a bit of rest and taking the flexeril, I was able to finally walk around again but after a while would have to sit for back would tighten up when the nerves started to pinch..this was a new feeling the nerve pinching/sciatica sort of thing. Having just moved to new area, we had secured a new family doctor and I went to see him and he looked at the xray results and physical exam...recommended physio (of course) and prescribed naproxen and renewed the Flexeril script.
When I finally got in the see physio, was the least professional ones I have ever had, being private prolly something to do with it. Put on pulse type machine for 15 min and handed a sheet with one exercise for single knee raises, handed to me by receptionist. I then made an appointment with a chiropractor, thinking that if darn disc slipped out, maybe these guys could slip it back into place..problem solved, then just do some of those physio core exercises...well took 3 weeks to get into chiro and as luck would have it I get a lad who has a whole 3 yrs experience and of course even he is going with using physio exercises to relax the super tense lower back muscles. He did lay me down and used acupuncture needles and some kind of pulses with them needles..felt nice at the time but once that was done...oh those muscles were even angrier!!
I told him that I suspected, from my experience with the Flexeril loosening the muscle slightly, that it just amounted to my vertebra being allowed to move more which of course set the whole scenario back into play..spasms etc and that shift I felt in the first place..could that not be reversed maybe. He then smiles condescendingly, and explained that in his opinion, you think you felt a shift but it was most likely just the muscles themselves that were injured and reacting. To this I ask, then why is the nerves pinched and numbing my leg now and hurting like blazes when I stand (at that time, I could get some relief from sitting) for any length of time? He said the muscles were inflamed and pushing against the nerve root. Ok..might be right, sounds plausible so I accepted that and tried doing the stretches recommended and in meantime it got so I couldn't stand or sit anymore, and became more and more bedridden. Pain got so bad, I ended up heading to the ER again and the doctor there switched up my meds, to better combat the nerve pains and also one for better control of the inflammation possibly. Have a weekly appointment with chiro (all can afford with just wife's income. My Employment Insurance is all tied up in red tape of course, switching from regular benefits to medical. They required a form filled out by doctor to finalize it, but of course he filled it out wrong and now have to chase around getting that straightened out.
I guess I'm just trying to figure out if I should stay the course of chiro/physio or turn to medical system more. Like I said, thought chiro would be able to straighten things back out, but nobody, medical doctor or chiro seems to see the value of as much imaging as you can get to get the best picture of what we are dealing with instead of guessing!
I'm a mechanic and if somebody comes in with a high fuel consumption complaint, I don't just assume that since a dirty air filter can cause this and is the simplest thing..just do that and send them on their way. I will hook up diagnostic tools to get best picture of whats going on and then make your call with all possible info a your fingertips!