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.
Hi Charles. Sorry to read about your incessant pain. I too have DDD amongst other things and the first thing I want to say is that I have been improving over time, something I never though would happen. The spine clinic put me straight about DDD in that despite the name, it is not a disease and is part of the degeneration of discs which occur as we age, from our early 30s. Many people have it but do not have pain.I have tried all the pain killers which did not work and which had negative affect in every case.
I'm going to stick my neck out here and strongly recommend a book called Healing Back Pain by Dr John Sarno. Everyone on this site maintains that what works for them does not work for everyone but Sarno's theory about back pain being caused by what he calls Tension Myositis Syndrome was a real breakthrough for me. You have to be open to his theory but it just makes so much sense. He is a Rehab Specialist in (of course!) the USA, started out by wondering why people did not feel better from drugs or therapy, why some scans showed damage but no pain, others showed no damage but there was crippling pain. Worth a try?
Thank you for the reply, that's great news that you are seeing some improvement. Has it taken a long time? I do have the book you recommended and I did read it when this first kicked off so I was maybe not in the best frame of mind at the time. Does the book not recommend that you buy DVDs etc, the book I have is quite small (about 200 pages), I will need to get it out again and try reading it. Thanks for the reply, much appreciated