Hello everyone! I guess this is where I must post first??
Glad to see I am not the only one with these issues. I am 33 years old, and have had CHRONIC lower back pain, numb feet, legs, intense lower back pain, very tight and painful erector muscles, spasms, and unable to walk or stand up or move twice a year for the last 5 years. Every day its normally just crazy pain and numbness by end of day, and tight back just waking up and going to work and coming home. On days I do not work I have my three daughters to be with and theres no rest time from there lol.
My back first went wrong when I was 17 years old. I have been running 3k-5k-half marathons since I was 9 years old at this point, and ran all year long. I was in a race about 20meters left in my 800m race when the guy I was going at it for 1st place went and elbowed me down and how I landed twisted my body to where my knees bent sides to my body so I was shaped like a C. After this I could not walk for the weekend and had two herniated discs. Did not do much running after that, after my PT went on I was not able to even run a lap! Horrible time, as I had two full term scholarships that I was not able to sign as I could not run anymore. So stopped running and just got into bad stuff. Slacked off and did not care anymore after this time, so I moved to a bigger city and just started partying after high school. I worked odd jobs to where I did not lift much or do crazy stuff, but after years went on I wanted to get back into shape, so 2009 came along and I got into the gym, started easy and was ok. No pain no hurting, but then I got into heavier lifting and crazy stuff. Along comes 2011 and my back goes out as I was doing smith squat at my local gym. I fell right on down and could not walk or get up. This crazy intense pain was rushing up and down my body. I had no insurance so just had to live it as is. I could not walk to work or sit down it was so painful. I had to have my brother who lived with me at this time to help me up and out of bed and to my car each day. Each time it was same pain and unability to walk when my back goes out. So fast forward to 2015, I finally get insurance and I get it looked it. L4/L5 and L5/S1 ruptured discs as well annular tears on both.
Still in chronic pain all year now the past two years, pain never goes away. And this year its been more and more pain non stop. I just got my MRIs done and need to setup my appt to see my Pain Management Dr where my Dr sent me to. At first they said they wanted to try injections based on the Xrays, yet he even stated those are nothing to go off of, but he wanted to do that first. I told the Dr I wanted to wait until the MRIs got done first. The more I look into it, I would rather do a surgery of a Fusion type rather than a cutting off the disc pinching the nerve, as wouldn't that just make the disc smaller and weaker? I have tried therapy and stretching yet to only more pain. I have tried inflammatory medicines, disc decompression as well, nothing worked just pain pain pain. Has anyone else been in my shoes? Do I have a say with the Drs, or is it what they say goes? Is my thinking the wrong way?
Thanks everyone glad to find this site.