Hi, I'm relatively new to posting here. I've commented on some others posts, but this is the first i've started.
I'm very frustrated after seeing the doctor today. I love my GP, but... Long story short I think he is afraid to send me to PT, which I can appreciate, but when I ask questions about appropriate types and levels of activity his response is to tell me to avoid anything that causes pain. So I tell him that if I do that then I will spend most of my time on the couch and I doubt that is doing me any good in the long run. So he then says well you need to be walking and I tell him that I get on the treadmill and can walk a bit then I get off and sit or lay down and then later try to walk again later. (BTW it takes me 10 min to walk 0.2 miles and I normally work as a nurse walking quickly up and down halls for hours so this is a huge decline in activity level)And so then he says he wants me to walk a lot, but walking is the most painful activity/position for me. I'm just confused. Avoid pain/activity or push it and work through the pain. The same goes with flexion. I'm told to avoid it, but if i stand up straight it really hurts. And as I walk farther i tend to lean forward or hunch over because then my leg hurts less. unfortuneately if i walk much bent forward then my back gets tighter and tighter. and by the way pain meds dont work much and certainly dont improve my level of function. My biggest fear is that i will do something to worsen my back, because i tend to push through the pain too much sometimes and pay for it. I've made myself start protecting my back, but im confused about what to do. I can't have surgery right now on my back. I have already had L4,5 microdiscectomy 09/08, L4,5 laminectomy 12/08 and my doc said he thinks i will have another failed surgery if i dont lose weight before i have a fusion. I have had multiple ESI's and I am prescribed percocet and ultram. Any advice would be appreciated.