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post #1 of 12 Old 08-04-2009, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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who here suffers from back pain? i have spinal stenosis which is arthritis and something wrong with my l4-l5 whatever that means lol. im sick and tired of dealing with these issues. cant work, sit, hard to sleep, hard to do anything. if anyone here deals with back problems, please tell me what you do to relieve or get rid of the pain and stop it from coming back? i tried muscle relaxers, vicodin, ibuprofin, ice packs, heat, chiropractic and nothing helps. these problems really bring me down and has me worried about my future.

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Sorry to hear you're going through that Jeff.

Here's my story.
I deal with quite a bit of back pain everyday, and I have for a long time. I've been laying floor since I was 18(34 now). I've never been outworked. I used to do whatever it took to beat the other guy, carry more, do it faster, do it harder, whatever it took. If my body would physically do it, I would. I am paying for that now. The old saying rings true "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should" Anyway, I've been through a lot in the past year. Two bulging discs, one very badly ruptured disc, two cortizone injections(veeeery uncomfortable), one surgury, and countless physical therapy. Still in pain every day.
Everyone's body is different and reacts to different treatments differently. I think mine is trying to tell me to find a different trade.

Sounds like you're refferring to the disc between your L4 and your L5 vertibrae. I know the pain and achyness you are talking about. When you sit for long periods it super painfull, when you stand for long periods its super painful, and when you lay down for too long, the same...

-Physical therapy may not help you, since it sounds like a disc problem and arthritis, but it may be worth a shot.

-Staying active helps. For me, if I stay active(as long as it is not bending and lifting and reaching) I have less pain usually. When you stay in one position it really stiffens up.

-One thing that has helped me is Voltaren. It is basically a prescription Motrin. It is an anti-inflamitory. We went through a few prescription anti-inflamitory's before we found one that works for me. I still take it twice a day. It helps, and if I miss a dose I can rerally feel it. This may be something worth trying for you
Two downsides to this medication -1 you get a little acid-reflux, and -2 they say if you're on it for over a year you need to get checked for liver function

I know I don't have any magic answer for you, sorry. But I can sympathize with you. I know what it feels like to be "too young to feel this damn old"

Good luck with this Jeff! A back is no fun to have down and out brother.
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My back pain is actually from kidney stones but it sucks just as bad and nothing I can do about it except take pain meds

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I've had back pain on and off for over 30 years. It's lower back right at the junction with my pelvis. I was in the military at the time and didn't want the docs to look too close as it might have removed me from duty. That said, I've never had it x-ray'd to see what the real issue is. It's been hurting this time for about three weeks now. Honestly, when it get's to hurting bad enough I just throw down some over the counter stuff. Asprin is one that actually works best and wash it down with a few beers. Wish I could help but all I can offer is the knowledge that you are far from alone.

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i hurt mine while overseas. recently, the va peoples have given me gabapentin a nerve drug. i was diagnosed with bulging discs l4-5 and the one above it cant remember, and degenerative arthritis. theyve been feedin me vicoden and naproxen, but it doesnt work. (nice buzz though ). the stucc theyve given me recently, seems to help, but its only been about 5 days. ask your doctor about it, hell probably have to refer you to a spinal specialist, mri's and such. good luck
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thanks. great info guys. southpaw, im in the same boat as you. i abused my body when i was young and still do. im 35 now. when i heal, im gonna try exercise and sit ups. im not out of shape by no means. im on my feet all day, up and down ladders. im a electrician. im 5'9" and 140 pds.
i dont wanna do surgery cause i seen too many people go through that and it not helping. made it worse actually. this just really bums me out cause i love my career as a electrician but i need to think about the future. i was thinking about getting disability but i would go crazy not working lol.
oh and im gonna ask about that voltaren. i tried many imfammatories as well including naproxyn and right now i take motrin 800's with xtra strength vicodins but i hate taking drugs.

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My 2 cents...
Dittos on the work ethic in construction that had my back hurting by 25. I did surgery, remove part of disk at age 35, was miraculous end to 10 years of constant pain. Foolishly I kept working hard until 40 and it was bad again. KEEP MOVING is important, if I get lazy and lay around my back starts hurting again and it is the ol' snowball thing!

Physical therapy helped - have some stretches and exercises I do
Chiropractic helps - get in for a few visits now and then - not regularly
pushing forward is most important

I am hitting 50 this year and lead a very active life and have maybe a month worth of pain a year, not bad really when compared to the daily pain I lived with for many years. I hike, snowski, ride horses, dirt bike, and AVOID HEAVY LIFTING, everytime I am hurting it is related to lifting things over 60 or 80 pounds. chopping firewood and stacking cords is a borderline activity for me.

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I suffered from back pain and sciatica from a herniated disc in my low back and tried all the chiro, acupuncture, exercise and none of it worked. After 3 years of misery I went to a neurosurgeon who performed surgery. I was up walking a few hours after surgery and back to work within a week. This was over 20 years ago and I have never had a problem since and I am very active and do a lot of heavy lifting in my work. The surgery cost me 20k but was worth it.
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I drink plenty of beer and have muscle relaxers for mine
always got a smart azz answer for everything huh ryan
i been seeing a chiropractor for 14 years now. it helps but it still goes out. i agree on staying active. the more i sit and lay, the stiffer it gets.
if i had insurance, i would get a mri and maybe think about surgery but thats my last resort.
has anyone ever heard of the therapy place called Dynamics?

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