Back pain - running out of ideas

6 years 8 months ago #20851 by nstore04
Replied by nstore04 on topic Back pain - running out of ideas
Thank you. Sorry I did not read the rules properly. I was in no way trying to promote any sort of product. Just simply offering and alternative to those who are suffering lower back pain that could possibly work.

I too thought the same thing, they way they offer it as a 'cure' to back pain but although there was no scientific studies on it, the program, was developed by, and the testimonials(videos, which are much better than written), were from people who have genuinely suffered from back pain. A doctor, or physio, or chiropractor, or naturopath or any of those professions can sit there and try to help you with their knowledge, based off their studies, from scientific research. and tell you how you should be, or what is causing your pain, but ultimately, I believe, experience prevails. Those who have lived in chronic pain can offer some of the best advice. Obviously, not all of it will work for everyone, but it could help that one person. Sometimes you don't know until you try.

I was simply trying to possibly stop someone from being in the situation I am now. I strongly believe if I had been shown an alternative route before surgery, with regards to strengthening and stretching, I would be in a lot better position.
The day they opened me up and stuck screws and rods in my spine, my life changed dramatically. Although I am trying to take the positives out of the situation and am determined to beat it, if I could go back there is no way I would go through with a fusion.

I used to fall over, a pain like being stabbed in the back, I was unable to run, or surf, and would lie in bed in pain, but I had a life. The pain I experience now, side the fusion,has stopped me from even walking very far, let alone getting back to any of my hobbies.

Surgery will help some, and I'm sure that it has, but the doctors can often be knife happy. and you put your trust in these surgeons, which have been trained for years and years on scientific research and educate themselves on which approach to take to each situation, but at no time, was I ever told I could be left in chronic pain. I was told I would be limited with some things, but I could get back to most hobbies.

I just hope people can take out of this that, if you are suffering from chronic pain, and your specialist recommends a fusion, I would try many different approaches before you go down that road. It is irreversible once it's done. Each case is unique so advice is just out there for people to take on board and consider.

The neuropathic pain, and sensitivity of the nervous system can be a result of these major surgeries. You can't dwell on what could have been done to prevent something once it's done, but I do hope, and forums are the area to express the opinions, that I could save someone from going through what I have. I'm sure there are much worse cases on this site of peoples experiences, people that have been in pain for a lot longer, and maybe they too can help people by suggesting alternative ways to help with their problem.
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6 months 3 weeks ago #30450 by brokenvase
Replied by brokenvase on topic Back pain - running out of ideas
Hi all,

I do sympathise with your situation. I have had chronic lower back pain (left-side) for 17yrs. Most probably due to a change in gait (walk) from Sacroiliitis. I had multiple hip surgeries to try to correct gait etc.

The diagnosis is not what I want to talk about. Often the solution is pain management more than trying to fix the underlying issue, which can be very hard to accurately diagnose or just from aging. I'm 33yo presently.

What has helped me manage the pain is two things mostly.
1. Having my firm mattress on a hard base or the floor (if your base is no good).
2. Yoga Sun Salutes
2. And most important an exercise I do in the morning which activates my glutes and switches off my hyper stressed lower back.

It's very important that you warm your back up right in the morning before doing anything really. That means even before sitting on the toilet, which if your back is like mine, can lead it to spasm first thing in the morning.

The good news. If you warm up properly, the same back that hyper-spasms early in the morning can complete physical labour (at least in my case) during the day. If warmed up properly!

Okay so there are two Ytube clips that show you a wall bridge below. This is the exercise that changed my life.

The trick to the exercise is to learn how to push through your butt. There's no use doing it and using your back. You need to activate your buttocks, this can be tricky and you might need some PT to help you do it. But once you activate the glute and you do the exercise enough to get a light burn in your glute muscle, this should relax your lower back.

Best wishes and good luck!

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