Hi, some may already know that I have 4 discs in my lower back bulging, one has an annular tear and I have been through all the usual treatments and been to the pain clinic. I am never sure if it is nerve pain or muscle pain - quite possibly both. I had been off work for 6 months. The past few weeks I have been trying to return to work, and was doing really well. I did have spells of horrid pain but just kept telling myself, they will pass. My job is fairly easy on my back as its a mixture of desk work and standing / moving around. It does involve a fair bit of driving, but I have always done that and I use lumbar supports etc.
Anyway the first few weeks were fine, yes a little more pain at night but I thought I was coping, then on Monday I went to our head office which is a little further away, felt fine whilst there, fine on the journey home and at night. The following day it felt like my back was going to lock again with the horrid spasms I get (the ones which make sure have to hit the floor and scream). I spent all of Tuesday feeling like my back was about to go, but kept moving (I was on a day working from home). Got up on the Wednesday and felt "normal" again, the. It started again last night - really painful muscles and being scared to move the wrong way, got up again today and was ok again.
I'm on 60mg of baclofen a day due to the spasms I get (I split it and take 10mg every 3 hours), but I wonder if it truly works?, but cannot think of an alternative to ask about?
I just wonder why this is happening now when it was not in the first couple of weeks. Is it just that I am using muscles that I was not before or could going back to work be making me worse again? Was at physio today and she said I will have good and bad days in the beginning and I just need to find a way to cope with the spasm, but how can you if they render you immobile. I also know that the reason the back does this is to protect itself from further injury, is it even possible to break this cycle?
Anyone got any tips / experiences on how to help with muscle spasms?