Please welcome me. I just ran into this site, after doing some Googles for back problems I have been having.
I have a back saga that goes on a little over 3 years now. I hurt my lower back badly
from probably just lifting stuff wrong (and after moving to a new condo) about three years ago. Went to my family doctor, did some leg raises, and had no pain in my legs. He said it was muscle. Later, the pain was gone in a few weeks, although my back was stiff, and I could not walk for three days very well.
Three months go by, I start to run again because my back feels great, and the back pain starts again. Rest, go easy, recovered. No pain now again.
Six months go by, back goes out again, but I can walk. This time I have some slight leg pain. Go to acupunture. Guy sticks a lot of needles in me. Leg pain completely gone. Back is better in two weeks. No pain. I take it easy. I learn about proper lifting, etc.
Six months go by, back goes out again. I can walk. I go to orthopedic surgeon. Does leg raises. No pain in leg. Says it is muscle. Sends me to a physical therapist. Do exercises, traction, TENS, and ultrasound for a few weeks. Pain completely gone. Feel great. Swim. No pain for 9 months!!!
So after those 9 months, I start to run again. Now, back goes out again. I can walk. Go to physical therapy. Says muscle. Pain gone, but stiffness never goes away. Don't feel really 100%. I don't run anymore.
Six months go by (now last November). I carry a printer a few blocks and put it in my car. Next day, reallly bad pain in back. I can walk and it gets a little bit better. I have some leg pain in right leg. Also some pain in upper buttock. It does not go away. I go to ortho surgeon. She orders an MRI. L5-S1 disc herniation. She says try physical therapy. I do therapy for two months. Better, but not great. I still have pain, but mostly just back and in upper buttock. I can walk fine. Muscle is always tense in back.
So it has been almost 4 months since my last injury, still back pain persists. I am wondering, does this stuff ever really get better or should I start to look into surgery? I am looking a nucleoplasty. Not sure what to do anymore. I am 32 year old male. I am scared to move normal, and never bend forward even to wash my hands. Not sure if this is the right attitude or what.
Thanks for any inputs. Any help appreciated.