Hi Guys, this is my first post
I'm an active 47 year old
At the age of 13 whilst playing on a park suffered what I think was a slipped or ruptured disc at L5. Crawled home 2 miles on hands and knees felt like i'd broken my back in agony. Spent several days in bed drugged to the eyeballs by my GP. Eventually saw an old school orthopaedic consultant who over the next 10 years had several surgical corsets made for me and prescribed physiotherapy. The consultant said I had a crack in a facet joint and a bulging disc but wouldn't operate (as I came from a working class background without the money he would want). In any case I managed to recover between 'episodes'.
So from 13 - 23 I led an active sports life suffering 'setbacks' around thrice a year as described to the letter by so many sufferers on this forum...instant sharp debilitating pain like a hot poker being thrust into my spine and massive sciatica in my legs and butt. I guess I made things worse playing american football, rugby, lifting heavy weights in the gym and running like Forrest Gump...but I was young!
At the age of 25 and with a shiny new health insurance policy the same consultant finally ordered an MRI and arranged surgery within 4 weeks (The greedy ******* let me suffer for 12 years because I couldn't pay though)!
Post op I had a 6 inch scar on my lower back and the op site was burning with heat for almost 6 years. My sciatica went completely for around 5 years but I never really recovered from the surgery - it was the worst thing I ever did.
I've developed peptic ulcers with the years of drug use and now almost abstain from prescribed drug use only using when pain is at an 11 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being crippled - cannot stand up).
I have a fantastic Physio that I've used since the op and he does a fab re-mobilising therapy when I get my bi-anual 'events' which seems to work really well. I can crawl in on all fours and be touching my toes within an hour (although bruised to hell for the next 3 days).
I've resigned myself to a life of misery and pain. I'm usually on a 7 on my scale of 1-10 and can handle the pain...it reminds me I'm still alive! I thank God I can walk and work out, I use a personal trainer and work hard on core stability. I'm a part-time PADI dive instructor and providing I'm careful can lift pretty heavy kit.
OK so to the point...
I hate going to bed. When I lay too long flat on my back - I seize up, waking up crippled for the first 10 mins. I normally wake up 6 or 7 times every night in agony. My sweet, darling wife has massaged the bumps and nodules of gristle around the original op site every night for the past 25 years which seems to pinpoint the pain site and strangely gives me relief even though its painful???
I've been looking at Tempur mattresses and want to know if any of you guys have tried these? will I wake in agony if I'm not turning in my sleep as I do at present and will this immobility make things worse? or will it help because I am laid in an anatomically correct position?
My 'new' consultant said at age 47 my disc has hardened somewhat and that I'd never be pain free. Would love to know if any of you guys know otherwise too!
It's 2.35am so I'm going to try going back to bed now - goodnight all