i am just curious because there are a lot of people out there who have chronic back pain. i am just curious or nosey or both but just to understand others and where they are coming from, maybe a short story about how your back problems started. i know a lot of you had accidents but specifically what caused the problem ie car wreck, fell, wife hit me on the head with a rolling pin? i used to be very active and i ran 10 miles a day for 10 years and played tennis. i got married and my wife and i ran and played tennis all of the time. i was running one day and noticed a pain in my back i never felt before. i laid down on some grass and tried to stretch it out. it did not work so i ran home with the pain. it went away and then after a couple of months playing tennis, same pain, tried to stretch and went away. then after a year or so, the pain got worse, then all of a sudden the pain started in my butt down my right leg and i could hardly walk. it came and went. i had a mri and they saw herniated disc whiich i decided to have surgery physically i am not built for long distance running. i am short and a bit stocky so my physical build caused the stress on my back.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.