I made this account to share with you all something. I have lurked on this site for help with my back pain for quite some time. I was injuried in the army a few times which left me with three herniated discs in my lower back, loss of feeling in parts of both hands with pain, and a few other injuries but I won't ramble on.
At at the age of 25 I have tried so many different avenues for pain management with no help. I had to stop playing hockey, give up mountain climbing, but most importantly my quality of life had never been so low. I was prescribed tramadol at first but now we're up to the big guns using Vicodin and other similar drugs to help during the more excruciating times (I don't use every day). These drugs would mask the pain but I still wasn't able to do any activities I used to enjoy (without the help of prednisone for a week and a pain killer).
I got on here to let you all know about my experience with kratom. I know what it's like living with back pain. It's miserable, it is the worst thing to deal with and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. A month or so back I found out about a supplement (some call an alternative medicine, some call a drug) called kratom. I heard of all the claims that it helped with pain and other various things. I decided to try kratom after TONS of research. I ordered from an online website that the big time users on forums talked about (don't purchase from a head shop). I used Bali kratom and took 5g of it. It was by far the greatest aid in relieving my pain. I haven't taken a single painkiller since I found kratom. I don't use it everyday because I understand it is a plant/drug with little research done. I just wanted to share that it has restored my overall quality of life. I have no pain, I hike more often, plain and simply my quality of life has drastically improved so much. I am meeting with my doctor later in the month about a surgery for my back and will communicate with him about utilizing kratom for pain.
Again, I don't recommend it due to the lack of knowledge and I don't know all the side effects that it could impose, just wanted to share my experience.
Thanks for reading, I hope this helps somebody out.
(Sorry if I posted in the wrong area)