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Hi everyone - newbie from Oz.

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone, I'm a newbie - so glad I've found this site/forum. I'm Rach, 35 & from Australia.

I injured my back Oct '07 while lifting a heavy bucket out of the sink. I experienced excruciating pain in my lower back mainly on the R side. I took painkillers, dozed off & woke up, tried to stand up & fell out of the chair as I had numbness in both legs, absolutely no leg strength - they were like dead weights. I had to crawl to the bedroom. Next morning I was still in agonising pain & my spine was severely bent sideways - to the point where I looked deformed & felt like I was going to topple over.

Saw a chiro straight away who took x rays & he thought I'd pinched a nerve. I visited him every day for a week & he did very quick minimal spinal adjustments. Over the next few weeks I had chiro sessions every 3 - 4 days, then every 2 weeks. After a couple of months my spine slowly straightened & the pain decreased a fair bit, but it was still there & I felt I'd hit a plateau. I wasn't happy with my progress or the chiro's technique - so I changed chiro's.

Found my current chiro through word of mouth, highly recommended. He practices massage, accupuncture & spinal manipulation & adjustments. He's gentle, easy to talk to & explains everything clearly.

Most days I'm pain free, some days it's just a dull ache, enough to be annoying. Occasionally though I'll have 'flare ups' - they're really nasty & usually put me out of action & back on pain meds. My R facet joint plays up, becomes swollen & very painful. This affects the range of movement in my R hip/leg & sometimes I experience dull nerve pain down the front upper part of my R leg. During a flare up I also experience burning/aching lower back pain & sometimes stabbing muscle spasms.

Recently my GP sent me off for a lumbar spine x ray & referred me to a rehab/back specialist - who queried an annular tear & ordered a lumbar spine MRI. MRI reveals that "there is mild to moderate disc height reduction with loss of T2 signal at L3/4 & more severe disc height reduction at L4/5. At L3/4 there is very mild posterior broadbased disc bulging associated with a small annular tear. At L4/5 there is a large central focal disc herniation measuring 20 x 9 mm. This markedly indents the thecal sac at disc level. It appears to be extruded beyond the annulus. It does not produce any focal nerve root compression."

Good news is I don't need surgery at this point & I can have cortisone injections if needed. Now I'm concentrating on getting fit again as I'm hypothyroid as well as suffering a back injury, so I've become a tad porky! I used to be very slim, loved the gym, swimming, yoga & pilates. I'm also looking for a new job, as 11 years in aged care nursing hasn't helped my back either.

Anyhoo, sorry my post was so long - hope to 'meet' all of you eventually. :H


  • welcome to spine health!!
    glad you found us!
    sorry for the issues with your back.
    you will find a ton of information on here and be able to talk with people just like yourself right now.

    when you feel a flare starting, don't let it get out of hand and ice/heat/meds asap. so then your not in horrid pain.

    watch that back like in the things you do. bend at the knees and not your back. i know i know you probably were told that before :D :D
    sleep with pillows under your knees, or a long body pillow if sleeping on your side. always sit straight up, ok thats not always easy, i find my self slidding in the chair :$ :$
    but its early , ok lied its already 7:30am =)) and when its quiet in the house i type awayyyyyyy 8} 8}

    glad you don't have to have surgery. thats a plus <:P <br />
    take care of you!!! not anyone else while starting a flare.
    again welcome and you can ask anything on any of the fourms listed.

    take care
    terri O:) O:)
  • I am so sorry to hear of your pain. In my situation the chiro actually worsened my condition so I am very leary of chiros. I had an annular tare and had the same burning pain in my low back and front thigh that you speak of along with muscle spasms. I had an endoscopic microDiscectomy last december which did help with some of that pain but seems to have worsened the pain that I have from my facet joints. I wish you luck in finding pain relief and you are on the right track trying to stay with the conservative measures befor opting for surgery. Good luck and please keep us posted.
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am glad you have found a treatment plan to help you with your pain. you have certainly been through alot. i see you were very active and miss that very much. i do elder/hospice care myself when i can. good luck in your future! Jenny :)
  • Thankyou TerriJV, painintheback & lulusheart for your replies & warm welcomes, and also to those who I've met & had a laugh with on 'chat'. Glad I've found this wonderful site/forum! ;)
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