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Bulged L5-S1 back in 2009 after improper form while deadlifting. Went through a lot of different options. Tried therapy, chiropractic care, DRX machine, injections, ended up having a discectomy. At the time I was pretty much crawling around due to the pain and the surgery did help with that.
I was doing good for about a year and then I bent down to check a price tag on a piece of furniture. Boom, my back popped again. Started seeing a new doc and found out that L5-S1 had bulged again and so did L4-L5. I really liked the doctor and his thoughts on everything. He ended up doing two more injections and that seemed to work.... for about six months.
We switched insurance to my wifes and along with that I needed to switch doctors.
So far I have tried meds, which wreak complete havok on my digestive system. Tried a stim unit, which didnt work at all. Been in therapy for the last few weeks and it doesnt seem like much progress is being made. I had another injection last Monday which so far has yet to seem like it has done anything either.
Last Friday my dog decided to trip me down a set of snowy stairs, I went down the entire flight of stairs on my heals, which hurt to say the least. My doctor had me try some stronger pain meds over the weekend which didnt give me much relief either.
My therapist today said he is frustrated because he doesnt feel like the exercises, ultrasound or electrostim are doing much. We tried an inversion table today and the second gravity started to take hold it felt like someone stuck me in the back with a knife.
Right now here I sit completely frustrated. I cant sit, stand or lay for very long before my spine feels like it is on fire. This weekend the pain has started to travel back down the leg again, which I know is never a good thing.
I have no idea what to do or try next. With a baby on the way (due in July) I really need to figure out some sort of relief.