Hello everyone, I am 43 years old and have been suffering with back issues since about 34 years old I have always been in good shape and enjoy sports and eating healthy but my back has not enjoyed my healthy lifestyle
According to my MRI and my doctor last week my state right now is
At least L4/5 and L5/S1 (2 disces due bad conditions) but L3/4 is not healthy and possibly a problem later
I used to play racket sports eveyr day, golf, hockey but about 5 years ago I gave that all up. I only do controlled weight lifting (when I Say controlled I mean i do exercises that do not hurt my back) I swim and I walk.
Day to day if I am careful I am pretty much pain free but certain things can cause my problems
1. Sitting down especially if I sit cross legged
2. Sitting on the toilet as I sink down a bit is brutal
3. Sleeping on my stomach
4. Any quick motion such ffrom sports etc
I have tried a lot on my own such as stretching and working on my core but often working on my core ends up in my back going out. When my back does go out I am usually slanted to the side and the pain is much worse sitting. I tighten up a lot and find it hard to walk etc.. However Walking and using the elepitical actually helps loosen it back up, and by the end of the walk I can feel pretty good, but it will tighten up soon after if I dont keep on moving.
My present doctor wants to di spinal fusion but I have to admit I am not to keen on doing this. Need to hear experience from others
I been starting to do
1. Drink much more water
2. Started to sleep on the floor on my back
3. I also have been considering trying Spinal decompression therapy (the non surgical version ) and also an inversion table.
Well that is a little about me
Somethings I really like to know are
1. Has anyone had an success in actually regeneratiing discs (healing them) using steps like spinal decompression therapy or inversion table
2. Also would like to know if one didnt do spinal surgery and things got worse what is my future... can one become paralyzed ? My doctor said it is possible..
I hate my back, but I am sur e many of you are in the same boat as me.
Love to hear your thoughts and thanks!