Last year I suddenly developed excrutiating back pain which caused my whole back and neck to go into spasm and I was unable to walk or move properly for months.
Took a long time to get a diagnosis due to unhelpful doctors but finally got diagnosed with an L5S1 annular tear which is abutting the nerve, as well as a protruding disc in my thoracic spine as well as degenerated discs.
I've found that if I take it easy and am on light duties at work I can manage the pain, however its taken a long time to get to this point with work as I've had a lot of break downs at work due to the pain and that has finally caused me to make enough of a fuss to be taken off harder duties (I would push myself to the point of agony rather than say anything).
I've now developed anxiety and depression due to this constant pain. I still question myself though and wonder if its all in my head as the pain has lessened due to not pushing myself too much. I don't know why I think this though, maybe due to other peoples comments. Does anyone else ever do this?
Anyway... how do other people manage pain through this condition? Can you manage just by taking it easy? Have you had any surgeries/alternative therapies etc?