Greetings, Colin. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I have also had lower back pain for a couple of years prior to surgery. I had surgery and during the time I was in the hospital and the 3 weeks at home post surgery, I had virtually no back pain. As soon as I was up and around and getting back into normal life my back pain returned. I'm currently taking some steroid injections into my back - hasn't helped a lot so far but the radiologist who is doing it told me it might take a few shots.
Trust you are enjoying your recovery there in beautiful Thailand. We lived there for about 7 years - 1 year at U-Tapao AB down just south of Pattaya and then for 6 years in Bangkok. We love Thailand and most importantly the Thai people. I have never tried accupuncture but I have heard there are people who swear by it. I am sure they have that available in Thailand. There is also a good Thai massage that might help if the pain returns.
Here is hoping you will be different from me and your pain will stay away. Keep us posted. David
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical at age 55
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 pos; 2 marginal
Gleason 3+3; upgraded to 4+3 post surgery
RRP 4 Feb 08; both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated
Catheter out Feb 13 - pad free Feb 16
PSA every 90 days - ZERO's everytime!
Great wife and family who take very good care of me