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Hi Everyone,

I have been suffering from lower back pain for 25 plus years. I have tried everything under the sun except surgery. I am so tired of being in pain. I was diagnosed years ago with degenerative disc disease and have been living with it. However, over the past year I have been in severe pain where whenever I stand up it's like( the weight of body and I am not heavy), my spine can't hold it up. I get this stabbing crushing pain every time I stand or walk. I just want to enjoy like and keep up with my son and do the things I want to do. Any suggestions.??? surgery?

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  • What does your GP recommend as your best course? What treatments and referrals has your GP used so far? Rib

  • What does your Doctor recommend on you? Have you taking up your meds? Did you try taking natural health supplements? Look up the benefits of deer velvet. I would recommend Kingly Velvet.

  • Consult a neurosurgeon for surgery.

  • Have you done any exercise over the years. You need to keep your muscles strong to support your bones. I have osteoarthritis in lower back, have had two hips replaced, and keep going by exercise. I swim with a funny hybrid stroke (no breaststroke leg kicks) at least twice a week, walk everywhere and do daily exercises for my back. I see an osteopath. It used to be every week a year ago, now every six weeks. I am 71 and don't need to use strong medication any more, just paracetamol occasionally. I know it's hard to exercise when it hurts, but a physiotherapist or osteopath will be able to help. You can be referred to physio by your GP but have to go privately to an osteopath.

  • Hi Lisbjeo,

    It sounds as though you are in a lot of pain.

    If you are based in the UK or Ireland i would look up Amatsu. You may of course need surgery, but I am yet to come across a therapy so effective for back pain. The principles come from Japan and there are no cracks or crunches involved so great if you are feeling vulnerable. I was so blown away by the treatment that I trained in it 6 years ago. It's not well known but you can find information on Amatsu Therapy International website.

    Very best of luck with whatever you decide to do.

  • Hi there I can understand exactly what you are saying as I have been there myself, 16 years of it and operations, Its the first time I have ever heard anyone else say that the weight of your body feels too heavy for your legs to support and that you are not fat or overweight, I'm the same and have used that analogy myself.

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  • Have you been to your doctor and has he asked if you want to attend the pain clinic at the hospital I am in the same boat as you and I could some days cry with pain I have lower back pain and neck pain on top of all that I have been fighting Osteoarthritis in my back and wrists. I am very fortunate to have a brilliant doctor who really knows his stuff he sent me to a pain clinic 15 miles away from my home and just driving there was a stop start sort of drive because of the pain I had to stop and get out have a shuffle around the car and start again. I went to the pain clinic for about six months and I am a different person not the snappy horrible person I was and my grandchildren now look forward to visiting me and we can have a laugh together. The pain Clinic taught me that every thing has not got to be done straight away you can pace yourself, if I am cutting the lawn I do it over two days resting in between If it had not been for my doctor and the clinic who sorted out my medication I think I would have been dead now, I was that low and depressed, now with my medication I am better that I have ever been. Pain Meds are 100mgs of Zomorph M/R capsules every 12 hours Amitriptyline 25mgs 4 at night and Paracetamol 100mgs as and when needed I also have Oramorph liquid 2 X 5 mils when I am having a bad day. I now I will never work again because the consultant has warned me that if I do something like pick a heavy thing and my spine will damage the spinal cord and then it's a wheelchair for me.

    HOPE THIS HELPED I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING THROUGH SO SEE YOUR DOCTOR GET TO THE PAIN CLINIC AND TALK WITH OTHER SUFFERERS.

    Take Care Lisbjeo123

  • You didn't give us much to go on. But I can relate so I'm gonna take a stab in the dark. Do you have any other issues. Food sensitivities, menstrual problems. Not sure of your age category but I'm guessing you have a young son, did you have him by natuaral birth method or cesarean section? I recently learned how the hormones cause the back muscles to relax during the later term of pregnancy to allow the birth. This could cause sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Or if it was cesarean you may have adhesions on your scar tissue. I myself suffer greatly as you describe from lower back/ hip pain. I also have endometriosis and had adenomyosis before my hysterectomy 11 years ago. With pain comes exhaustion but after each laporoscopic surgery I had relief and so I am trying to get another specialist who will opt to give me that again. I also started a gluten free diet. Cut out all sources of added estrogens like animal fat too. And avoid soy. BTW I had MRI's recently that showed disc degeneration too. But I think it is more due to possible adhesions or endometriosis on the uterasacral ligaments again. x rays also showed osteoporosis so I don't want to take the hormone suppresive treatments to stop ovulation cause they rob the bones further.

    As I said I'm really taking a stab in the dark given the limited information you shared it may not help but it doesn't hurt.

  • Try an Alexander teacher and a McTimony chiropractor. Both will enable you to become aware if over contracted muscles are causing pain type problems. Both, Alexander teacher and a McTimony chiropractor should be able to help you in regard to the problem of over contracted muscles.

    Hope this helps

  • Maybe I'm just grumpy from lack of sleep and pain this morning but I feel I must say how concerned I am about how many people on here advising all sorts of things including exercise and hands on therapies when NONE OF US ARE MEDICS AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS PERSONS SPINE. I know the comments are all very well meaning but it really does worry me that someone ( out of the desperation that we can all feel when pain is overwhelming) might try to do something that their condition just doesn't allow and potentially do very serious damage.

    I'm not criticising anyone, just sharing my concern.

    Here's hoping my comments will be received in the spirit with which they are sent...... Let's support one another, not diagnose or advise medically?

    What are others' thoughts on this?

    Happy friday,

    Shirley

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  • Thanks for sharing, as someone going through a similar situation your words offer me hope,I am due to go for my 3rd pain management course,I am hoping maybe the medication will be better managed this timearound for me, I pace as much as possible currently but I will go in to it with open mind.As a man not yet 50 this has been very hard to deal with,coupled with the fact that I am physically strong,the failed fusion following the car crash has taken away a lot from me, but I am a lion and I am trying to get on with things accepting who I am now.Thanks again colboy

    Sending you positive vibes Lisbjeo.

  • Thanks for sharing, as someone going through a similar situation your words offer me hope,I am due to go for my 3rd pain management course,I am hoping maybe the medication will be better managed this timearound for me, I pace as much as possible currently but I will go in to it with open mind.As a man not yet 50 this has been very hard to deal with,coupled with the fact that I am physically strong,the failed fusion following the car crash has taken away a lot from me, but I am a lion and I am trying to get on with things accepting who I am now.Thanks again.

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