Hi Everyone from Remote North Western Australia.
Recently found this site and have started to read some of the stories and journeys contained herein.
I am a very long term back sufferer around 30 years from memory (now 54) of the first instances or episodes if you like. At that time I was in law enforcement and obviously involved in many high impact events, very physical arrests, car accidents etc. not to mention a very active sports life. My hobbies also included very masculine pursuits involving heavy lifting and physically demanding elements. Those events and lifestyle lead to lower and thoracic events of pain/injury although not long term, the start of where I am at now. About 20 years ago I had my first significant event which involved my lumbar spine and was two years or so and a change in occupation to sort of recover from with non invasive treatments.....physical therapy and my first very bad experience with a old school chiropractor. At the time it was difficult to find a GP to seriously take much notice of what was going on and I found myself being gently fobbed off by most Doctors.
Seven years ago I graduated to what would now be known as a Chronic Back Pain Sufferer and found a GP who took the time to conduct thorough investigation and reveal some serious problems with disc slippage at S1 - L5. I was offered surgery or non invasive treatment and chose to progress with a non surgical approach, exercise, core strengthening and pain management medication consisting of anti inflammatory and analgesics medications. That GP sold his practice about 12 months later and again I was lucky to inherent a GP that took my situation seriously. Through that GP I was introduced/referred to a younger generation chiropractor with which I found enough relief and mobility to proceed with my life as logistics supervisor in the mining industry and manage a reasonable home lifestyle although back episodes continued to follow me with more frequent and longer lasting events. In mid 2013 I was made redundant from my mining industry job and from there found it difficult to find further employment due to my back condition. In Oct 2013 I suffered a mild heart attack, caused by blood clotting from frequent use of anti inflammatory medications.
My back problems progressed to extremely debilitating and in January 2015 I underwent S1, L4, L5 fusion with two titanium rods, six screws and disc packing plates (scaffolding of the lower back). Unfortunately I suffered severe left foot drop from nerve decompression and damage and there began the yet to be completed journey to rehabilitation. It took some months to regain some style of walking through hours upon hours of rehab and hydrotherapy and I progressed very well (my opinion) in those first six months. I re-joined the workforce in August 2015 with a part time logistics based job with a employer who was very accommodating of my limitations and needs. I have since hit several speed humps. Diagnosed with "Scheuermann's Disease" in my upper back which is causing a lot of problems in my thoracic spine area and further diagnosed with degenerative left hip problems.
Looking forward to participating within this forum and sharing information.
Who said life is not a journey?