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Living with pain

Back Pain BenBBack Pain Ben Posts: 1
edited 10/27/2014 - 8:51 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello all,

I am a new member here just reading up and educating myself to get a healthy back.
I started framing houses when I turned 16, went on my own at 21, quit a few years ago because I couldn't handle it anymore.
37 now. I admit, I did not work smarter than harder. I carried things I shouldn't have for lunch bets with my crew etc etc.. Stupid I know. I was strong and worked out every morning before work.

I had a walk board break on me like a trap door. I was holding a nail gun between my legs and holding a sheet of plywood with one foot off the walk board. I fell about 10 feet and landed on my feet before tumbling down. I fell on concrete.

I was young (18) and cared more about working and making money than pain. It hurt like hell but I forced myself to carry on. Around 2006 my back really started going down hill. In 2008 I was out on my boat fishing and went to pull up my trolling motor. I had some serious nerve pain and it made me collapse on my boat deck and knocked the wind out of me. So, I limped around for a few days and went to the Dr. He sent me to PT with out taking any x-rays...

So, I was treated for bulging discs. I never felt any better while doing PT. I had x-rays done later that showed a compression fracture on L5, disk wedge between L5 and L4, a pelvic hip crest (what he called it), T7 is tilted making the lower half of my spine crooked giving me a pelvic hip crest and making my legs different lengths. I recently had my whole torso lock up on me where I was stuck slouched forward and leaning to the left for almost a week, I actually went cane shopping lol. It was really strange looking with my shirt off.

I seem to have rib heads keep popping out of place, I sleep about 4-5 restless hours a night, my life sucks right now. I go in and out of depression. I hurt everyday and some days nerve pain is bad, I stay active and mobile even though it hurts. My life is so limited right now and I feel like I can not live a normal life. I do my exercises and take epsonm salt bath's but nothing works. Now my upper back has joined the party.
I use to be so active, working out, fishing, scratch golfer, hunter, furniture builder, bowling, soft ball etc etc...

I fear I am going to have to continue to live this way till I die. I have no insurance, can't afford an mri. My last meds cost me $450 a month, I quit taking them because they were useless. My Dr. pretty much gave up on me when he ran out of medications to try. I don't want medications, I want a normal life.

Not sure what I am looking for here, just more of a vent. I stay pretty positive, but I do have mental breakdowns about once a month. Any tips on some new exercises might help. I currently do some of the same ones I did in PT for lower and upper back. I eat right and I am actually pretty healthy and fit.

Thanks for reading.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,706

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • Your best option is to take a look at the largest teaching /medical facility near you, and find one of their spine clinics for a consult......there may be a lot that can be done to correct some of the problems that you have, even without insurance, but you need to consult with a board certified spine surgeon to find out what the proper diagnosis is, then get the proper treatment.
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  • Hey-

    Welcome to the forum. Totally understand. Just want to let you know you're not alone.
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