I managed my back pain for 14 years since the age of 22, taking moderate pain killers and suffering the odd flare up, but as many of you know I have been in terrible pain since November 2012.
My GP and Physio keep telling me that this will settle again (but I am now thinking it wont after all this time). I have on occassion read that some people with DDD and disc problems can go through very lengthy flare ups and then they settle down again ( I have read anywhere betwwen 3 months and 2 years).
As I say my GP and the physio say that it WILL improve again, sometimes it just takes longer and the fact I am making progress is a good sign (although I sometimes think that may be down to now being on much stronger medication). I dont know if they are just telling me what I want to hear or whether people can go through extended periods of relative instability then it settles down again. It just seems difficult to accept that it suddenly got much worse in November 2012 after going into terrible spasms for 5 days (before that I could function pretty well, still going out shopping, going on holiday, working etc).
Any positive stories (or truthful) would be very much appreciated.