My back pain history all starts about
16 years ago, when I was 16 years old, due to a ski injury. I overshot a very large ski jump and compressed my back horribly. Due to fear of bankrupting my parents, I never got it checked out.
From there on out, it has flared up anywhere from 4 to 10 times a year. Sometimes I can go months feeling great, and out of nowhere, I'd throw my back out by putting my shoes on in the morning, or sneezing, etc..
12 weeks ago, I had an episode that was worse than I ever had in my 16 years of dealing with this pain.. I broke down and got an MRI done. The MRI showed that I have 5 bulging discs from L2 and down, with L5 and S1 ruptured with an annular tear.
The pain that I experience radiates severely in my hips and low back. I do not have numbness or tingling down my legs, nor do I have symptoms of foot drop. It is so severe however, that it is completely debilitating and makes it nearly impossible to walk or stand for any period of time. My job requires me to be very active, and I do not want to be on light duty all season..
The last doctor that looked at my images suggested getting a shot, which would require an epidural. I am pretty resistant to getting it because of the fact that it might work, but it might not.. and even then, it might only work for a short period of time.. is there anything that would "fix" it long term?
I have had very poor luck with them to even prescribe me anything to help manage my pain. They have prescribed me Meloxicam and zanaflex, neither of which help with the pain. They do however help me sleep through the night, which is extremely helpful. Most nights I only get a solid 2 hour chunk of sleep before I wake up and have to adjust because of my pain..
Thanks for listening..
Post Edited (Codester) : 10/8/2017 6:12:23 PM (GMT-6)