I am so glad to have found this site!
My name is Kristi, and I am 34 years old.
I initially injured my back jumping in a swimming pool back in 1997.
I do NOT know why it happened...I just know when I broke the water, I felt the top part of my lower back go right, and the bottom go left, and I could not move my legs for about 30 seconds, and I had to swim to the side of the pool with just my arms.
When I did regain use of my legs, I had to stand like a caveman...my body bent forward, and my knees bent...if I erected myself to a normal position, it felt like lightning shooting out the top of my head and the bottoms of my feet.
I have dealt with the symptoms of the slipped disc about every 3 years or so, and then I would seek out the help of my chiropractor to get me back in line.
This time, it wasn't working, so I had an MRI done which now shows 2 discs slipped (L-4/L-5) and a lot of arthritis and degenerative disc disease going on.
I have a very high pain tolerance, which makes me almost impossible to treat chiropractically (he says I have the highest pain tolerance he's ever seen in his working career), and when it got to be too much, I sought out a PM clinic.
Now, I have had a cortisone injection, and feel marvelous...except for the fact of knowing that my x-rays show what looks like 2 tiers of a wedding cake toppling over for vertebrae. LOL
I have another injection this Monday to prepare for a nerve ablation.
I am blessed with the pain tolerance, which I will admit I do abuse in lieu of taking medicine, because even the most mild medication will knock me out for HOURS up to a day (like the ultram I have is doing now...take one, out for 12 hours).
Anyway, I tried to keep it as short and sweet as possible...but there is "me" in a nutshell, and I look forward to getting to know all of you and to begin lending my ears to those who are in the same boat.