That is a tough one! I really feel for you on the back pain. My dad went through this for years and finally bit the bullet and had the operation. Seems like the more shots he got the less effective they were and the pills only do so much. The only regret he had was not having the operation sooner. I know it takes a while to get over it(In his case 6 months) but it was no comparison to the years of pain he went through. Tough choice.
I feel your pain. I am 30 and have two bulging disks in my lower back, along with some degenerative arthritis, all from an old Army injury. I keep up on the Ibuprofen most days and that keeps things tolerable. Once hunting season rolls around I usually start hitting the chiropractor 2 to 3 times a week, mainly to keep things loose. It sucks most of the time though, as there is not a whole lot you can do to have fast relief.
I would visit a good chiropractor. I have degenerative disc and joint problems ever since my tour in Iraq and the only thing that has helped is the chiropractor. IMO the doctors just want to give meds to mask the problem and the chiropractor puts it all back in place and helps fix it.
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I've had good success with chiro's in the past for my upper back/neck. I went to my Chiro when this first happened, but was too sore to do anything, it was suggested I go see a dr and get an MRI. I may call now that I know whats up and see if they can help out.
I was fortunate to have a doctor that was really cool. he put it straight. If I took a hit to my neck just right, I could be paralyzed, or I could do a fusion and lose some mobility for the rest of my life. I have no intension of slowing down, so I operated. no regrets. just cant turn around quick or very far. With the constant advances, I would not discount the idea of fixing it. Even if we don't know all the fancy lingo, we can still educate ourselves pretty good on these types of things. People like us that have a passion for something tend to be good at rehab.
Good luck with it. You are no good to us road hunting.
Well its now been 2 weeks since the injection. I feel way better than I did a week ago, if I continue to improve at this rate I will be in good shape in a week. I am really looking forward to getting better so I can get back in shape, I haven't been this out of shape in a LONG time. I haven't gained any weight, just loosing muscle, I hope it doesn't take too long to get it back! Thanks for all the suggestions guys, I'm ging to give it another week and go from there.
My hunting partner just had his third back surgery. Two in the lower back and one in his neck about 30 days ago. Same deal. Numb foot, hands, and leg. Last year he fell flat on his face while we where hiking to a glassing point cause he couldn't feel one of his feet. He called it a flipper. As much as surgery would scare the crap outta me and it did him too they have worked! He is still in a neck brace for another week. They went through his throut to repair the disc. Feeling is back in his hand now. Good thing he did it early we have a Nv bull elk to pack out in Nov.
Good luck and get multipal evaluations and opinions.
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I have two folks her at work that have done the back fusing operation and my brother in law just got it done a few weeks back and is in the recovery period. The folks at work here have good days and bad days. Seeing them walk stiff and slow some days does not look like a lot of fun but it seems better than when they would fall over and such with massive pain with tears in their eyes or them being in the clouds on pain meds. You do hear of folks having had real bad experiences with surgery so my hope is that you all get lots of doctor opinions and have a good doctors with good recommendations that will help you all with back pain or pain in general and help you get pain free.
So far so good with me. I feel so fortunate getting by so far without any back pain all these years. It does not sound like fun at all. Hoping the best for you all!