Hi, I'm Karen. Ive been reading posts for a long while now
hoping that someone has the same issue as me in the back.
First, Ive been to Mayo Clinic and saw the best Rheumatologist
and spine doctor. Both agree that my facet joints are really worn
down to nothing but I am 48 years old and they will not do a
surgery on them because 70% of all people who have that surgery
fare worse...I don't know how I could possibly fare worse. My back
gives out at least 4 times a day. I mean that I must lean my 118lbs
onto a counter or a chair or else I fall right down. They did facet
joint injections with steroids, they did an ablation on the nerves and
yet I have this going on. To walk one step further means that I will
be grunting to get there. It's 100% relief when sitting or laying down
and hurts a 10+ if suddenly my back gives out. I walk with a forward
stoop whenever that happens and a crane could not pick me up to
walk upright. Mayo Clinic was told that it was this bad several
times. They are doubling up pain pills - which I hardly need because
sitting down relieves it but they said to take them before I go to
physical therapy. Now I don't mean to sound like I am bragging but
I am in tip top shape. My abs are rock hard and I work out the core
of my body under the care of a certified personal trainer who deals
with injured people. I started that when I blew my knee out and was
without exercise for a good 6 months. So given that I won't be in touch
with Mayo until after I do a 12 week program, Can anyone help me?
Please tell me that someone knows what and why this is happening.