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Hi there, I have a back condition now for 11 months which I would like some advice on please.
The symptoms are severe lower back ache (deep, searing, nagging, but never excrutiating) mainly on the left side just above my bottom and sometimes left flank, which only happens when I sit down and worsens the longer I sit to the point it cannot be beared. When I stand up and walk around, it's fine again and when I lie down I am out of pain so I can sleep ok, thankfully! The pain is better in the morning and worsens as the day goes on.
I am a fit 48 year old and weigh under 12 stone. I stretch daily, I walk, swim twice a week and use a stationary bike twice a week.
Treatments so far include: Chiropractor, Oesteopathy, Physio, Acupuncture and 2 x Cortisone steroId injections.Nothing to date has helped at all. The ache feels like it was on day one with no improvement at all but also no worsening of it either. It is exactly as it started in January this year.
As for what might have caused it, I can only think that around that time I sat at work (office job) in a bad position for some time then got up too quickly and felt a strain in my lower back, however this discomfort wore off after a day or 2.
What is wrong with me for a start!
I paid to have an MRI scan which, according to my doctor, showed that my back is fairly typical of a guy of my age, showing some disc decompression/dehydration and a small annular tear but nothing unusual and all to be expected.
Will it ever heal on it's own?
If it's the annular tear causing the ache then it appears the advice is to allow a couple of years then the body should heal itself, however I can't see how if there is no improvement at all in 11 months, why should it improve and heal suddenly within the next year? Shouldn't it be incrementally a little better by now or will it suddenly just heal? (wishful thinking eh...!)
Should I give it complete rest and stop exercising, walking, swimming, even moving?! I was told it was best to keep exercising and I certainly don't push it but then this doesn't appear to be helping at all with the healing process.
Is there anyone out there that has gone through anything similar to this and come out the other side?
I am aware that I am very lucky to be able to stand up or lie down to get out of pain but sitting is an everyday thing I used to take for granted and it would be nice to be able to eat sitting down in the evening instead of standing up, or go to the cinema or take a drive longer than 5 minutes without the debilitating ache setting in and ruining everything.
Help!! Thank you.
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