I have had back problems for years but as a support worker in the community, I just popped a couple of Ibuprofen or Tylenol and plodded along. However, last October I went back to Scotland to visit my Dad, who is 85 and the flight was 7 hours long. During my visit with Dad, my back was painful A LOT and the pain was radiating down my leg.
When the airplane landed, I could hardly walk the length of myself as I was in a terrible condition. I went to my doctor and he thought perhaps I had a herniated disc. He sent me for XRay and MRI which showed up herniated disc at L4-L5 and L5-S1, Degenerative Disc Disease, Spinal Stenosis, Osteoarthritis and generalised osteophytic spurring. Also noted were two disc tears with disc bulges at L2-L3. I have been off work since the end of October 2008.
I was given Tylenol 3 for pain and an anti-inflammatory. The Tylenol 3 did not give me any relief and so I ended up taking my own concoction of XS Ibuprofen along with the Tylenol 3 and Robaxicin which are over the counter meds. This helped me somewhat, although as a support worker, I know it isn't good to have all these pills. But I needed relief.....
My own doctor has gone south for the winter and in our practice, another doc gave me Lyrica, which is a nerve pain medication. He has just started me on this and I am finding a bit more relief than before. It's amazing when someone really listens to you and tries something different, how good it makes you feel.
This Dr also sent me for a Bone scan yesterday and I am waiting for an appt. to see an Orthopedic doctor.
I am just wondering what is causing all the pain??.........family and friends are asking me what exactly it is that is causing the pain because I have heard that many people have herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, etc. and they don't get pain. Does anyone have the answer for this???? Also, will this pain ever go away on it's own?
At this point, the pain has decreased somewhat but I still have difficulty walking to a store. I am beginning to feel very frustrated and depressed because this is more than 3 months. Friends are also suggesting Chiropractors and alternative medicines. I went to a Chiropractor but she suggested that I have ultra sound and she doesn't want to work on my back until the pain has gone.