2 years ago, as a last resort I decided to have surgery. After trying everything possible this was my only hope of living a somewhat normal life with maybe less pain. Well after all was said and done it went as best as I could imagine. This was the person who could'nt work. This was the person who was in pain 24/7 even w pain meds. This was the person who could'nt walk 5 minutes. This was the person who was very depressed and was looking at a life not worth living.
Forward 2 years later. I have a full time job working on my feet 10-12 hr days. I am off all pain meds and hav'nt had any in many months even an aspiran or motrin-zero meds. I am very active working out 2 hrs a day consisting of walking, strecthing, swimming and weights. I am what I used to be before my back pain began-a normal person with few restrictions.
Yes, there are some things I don't do such as jogging,playing golf,basketball or anyting that would put my back in jepordy. That is fine with me.
I'm not sure how long this will last-maybe 2 months or maybe forever. I just take one day at a time a be thankful for each and every day I am pain free.
It is a slow process and it took a full year plus before I started to feel this way. Kinda of ironic, when I do work 12 hr days, I ache all over but my back is the only part of of my body that does'nt ache.
I am greatful to my doc's who gave me a new lease on life. Good luck to all you guys out there seeking a better quality of life. There are many out there who benefit greatly from surgery.
Better health to all.