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chronic low back pain. Please help!!!!

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:14 am
by ramhind
Dear All,

Please bear with me for having posted a lenghty story.

I am 30 years old and i have been suffering from back pain for almost 5 years now. Till last november, i could manage the pain and live and i even played Table
tennis regularly. But on 13th Nov, 2005 one fine morning i got up from the bed and the temperature was as low as 10 degrees, i took up my cricket bat
and did a forward bending sort of, as soon as i did that, i felt thunders on my back i cant explain that, the whole body shook for 2-3 times, i had a
paralysing feeling and i fell down. tried getting up 3-4 times but kept falling down. finally got hold of an ambulence and went to the hospital.
all routine things followed, MRI(Disc Bulge L3-L4), x-rays, traction, complete bed rest for 1 month and miraculously i recovered although my activities were restriced to going
to office and coming back. I was ok till aug 2006, where i went to an amusement park with my kid and wife though i refrained from all the rides, fate had its say
when i entered a Virtual reality theatre, where they showed a train going through the mountain and tilted the chair accordingly and the moment i came out
i felt i am going to die. But it stopped short of that to my agony, i went through all the routines again MRI,X-rays (Disc Bulge - L3-L4) this time more physiotherapy in terms of
Ultra sound massage, IFT, Tens etc and the physiotherapist did a lot of trigger point releasing after which i felt good and i had to move to Singapore
for work and during the take-off and landing, i experienced a severe jerk in spite of traveling business class, and all the problems resurfaced.
And i am away from my home place, that is India, i am really worried and i cant walk, stand, sit , get up from the chair, nothing i can do.
I againt went for a MRI here in Singapore, physiotherapy but nothing worked. Finally i went to a chiropractor, which i dont know is good or bad
i had had 2 sessions but no improvement. I have been asked to come again and the best thing about this i have not gone any worser than before.
I have a kid who is 3.5 years old and i am really really worried for him as i dont know what the future holds for me. All i need to do is go to office, sit for 8 hours'
come back for atleast next 5 years.............. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated....

Many thanks
Ramkumar

Welcome....

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:47 am
by krd
Hello Ramkumar

Well at least you know what is going on in your back mechanically since you had an MRI. Speaking from experience, I can tell you to download Dean's book. It is well worth it. I would not go to the Chiro, unless you are sure that it is working for you.

Start with very mild stretches for a few weeks, monitoring how much more mobility you are getting and making sure that the pain is not increasing. If you are successful with the mild stretches, move on very slowly to the strengthening exercises. Again, make sure that you are not causing any more pain. You don't want to "work through the pain" when exercising your back. "No pain, No gain" does not work when rehabbing a back.

If you have a PT that is certified in the McKenzie technique, you might want to give him/her a try. I am going 3 times a week to PT and the results have been amazing. Good luck, and we will be watching for your progress.

Ken

PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 2:01 pm
by randolph
Hello Ramkumar

I echo Ken's reservations about chirpractic treatments. Chiros are sometimes helpful for pain relief ... but for the money I'd just use minimal dosages of NSAIDs for pain relief. There are some risks associated with chiropractic treatment.

It sounds like your work requires a lot of sitting. Best if you can dramatically reduce the amount of time you sit ... but if you must work, by all means, change your position FREQUENTLY and takes lots of stretching breaks to do the cobra and other exercises BEFORE the pain gets bad from sitting.

Randolph

PostPosted: Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:55 pm
by ramhind
randolph wrote:Hello Ramkumar

I echo Ken's reservations about chirpractic treatments. Chiros are sometimes helpful for pain relief ... but for the money I'd just use minimal dosages of NSAIDs for pain relief. There are some risks associated with chiropractic treatment.

It sounds like your work requires a lot of sitting. Best if you can dramatically reduce the amount of time you sit ... but if you must work, by all means, change your position FREQUENTLY and takes lots of stretching breaks to do the cobra and other exercises BEFORE the pain gets bad from sitting.

Randolph


Yes, sitting really aggravates, and the back is so unstable i cant even do any stretching.
Then before going for chiropractic, i had pain only on the left side, now the pain has come on the right side also, which seems alarming. the worst thing is the chiropractor has not taught any stretching which he said he will teach me in the second visit. now i have completed 4 visits as you say it is very expensive and the condition has worsened.
I have also started taking Glucosamine sulphate from yesterday as i followed a programme in radio and many people claimed they found rapid progress after taking the tablets. i am trying all sorts of things. Sometimes it feels like i am disturbing others too much. See i cant even wear my shoe on my own. Sometimes it feels like i should kill myself. i cannot take it any more. But i have to sit in the work for 8 hours which i cannot help as i have joined the company only recently and i dont want to raise the alarm bells......
Some people who had expereinced similiar trauma says, after they tried all sorts of things, the pain suddenly disappeared one fine morning. I am really really longing for such a moment.
Dont know what to do............
And about the book suggested in this site, can someone throw more light whether it can do any help for my condition, i mean i have to sit for 8 hours and no other go.............

PostPosted: Sun Nov 12, 2006 8:45 pm
by randolph
Hello again Ramkumar

The evidence for the effectiveness of glucosamine is mostly anecdotal; very little scientific evidence to support the claims of those selling the product. I also took the product for several months when my back problems surfaced last year. I continue to improve steadily after I stopped taking it. Dr. Dean Edell (U.S. radio talk show host specializing in medical research) claims there are no benefits to taking it.

More importantly, however, it's going to be hard to improve if you continue to sit for long periods of time each day without being able to take frequent breaks to stretch, rest, and exercise ... yet you need to work. I don't envy your position and don't know any magic way to get the rest your back needs and still get the money you need to live. Maybe you can reduce the pain with OTC or prescription meds for a while until you find a way to convince your bosses that your special needs to rebuild your back aren't incompatible with their needs for a productive worker?

Your feelings of frustration, confusion, desperation, anger, and hopelessness are all very normal. We've all gone thru them during the early stages of our back problems, too. They will pass as you learn what you need to do to survive, and prosper.

Randolph

PostPosted: Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:18 pm
by ramhind
Hi Randolph

Thanks once again for empathising me. it would be very early for me to go leave as my work has reached a crucial stage.

I am seeing a physiotherapist (www.coreconcepts.com.sg) these days and the condition has improved to an extent where i could stand and walk without any problem and the mobility has also increased. They did some manual therapy and some form of massage and also some stretching was advised. But the only issue is sitting. I am not even able to sit for more than 10 minutes continuously. That suggests there is a long way to go. I definitely wish to keep myself motivated, but despite that at times, i feel dejected. But atleast the instability in the body has reduced. Let us hope for the best. Thanks for your time.

regards,
Ram

randolph wrote:Hello again Ramkumar

The evidence for the effectiveness of glucosamine is mostly anecdotal; very little scientific evidence to support the claims of those selling the product. I also took the product for several months when my back problems surfaced last year. I continue to improve steadily after I stopped taking it. Dr. Dean Edell (U.S. radio talk show host specializing in medical research) claims there are no benefits to taking it.

More importantly, however, it's going to be hard to improve if you continue to sit for long periods of time each day without being able to take frequent breaks to stretch, rest, and exercise ... yet you need to work. I don't envy your position and don't know any magic way to get the rest your back needs and still get the money you need to live. Maybe you can reduce the pain with OTC or prescription meds for a while until you find a way to convince your bosses that your special needs to rebuild your back aren't incompatible with their needs for a productive worker?

Your feelings of frustration, confusion, desperation, anger, and hopelessness are all very normal. We've all gone thru them during the early stages of our back problems, too. They will pass as you learn what you need to do to survive, and prosper.

Randolph

PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:07 am
by ramhind
Friends,

with this, i have been asked to go to UK for a week. From singapore to UK the travel time is 14 hours. I will have my lumbar belt on me and also will visit my GP to get some really powerful painkillers. anything else i could do to resist the pain during travel. And please advise me on the position i should be during take-off and landing. though i will be flying business class, i am still worried. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Ram