It all started when i was 13 and in New Orleans where I grew up. I went ice skating for the first time ever, well of course I fell on my butt a few times, and the the months that fallowed were full of extreme back pain. After lots of complaining my parents took me to an orthopedist and after lots of x-rays, mri's, cat scans, and then a bone scan found a stress fracture in my right hip. After a lot of doctor visits my parents made the call not to do the operation so after what seemed like a very long time of just waiting it got to the point where I could go back to normal activity.
After years of just the normal back pain from too much work or sitting too long, I went to walk our two dogs, one a lab puppy, on a very icy day in December and I fell. Now for about a month or two before this, I started to notice my back hurting more and more and it got to the point where I couldn't stand for long, couldn't lift anything and the only time I did not hurt was sitting with my feet pulled up.
So when i couldn't work, I went to see an orthopedist and he did some x-rays and didn't see anything so he then sent me for a mri. I went back 2 weeks after to get the results of the mri and found out that I have spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, bone spurs, arthritis and degenerative disc disease. I turned 28 in February and my doctor told me that I have the back of a 80 year old. He said he had never seen someone my age with a back as bad as i have.
We have tried everything from lumbar epidurals to rest and braces. Therapy has been going on since January and its now April. I go back to see my doctor in 2 weeks and I think we are going to start talking about surgery. I'm really just ready for relief. I feel useless, I cant do anything. I cant work, about the only place I can be and not hurt is in my Lazyboy with my feet pulled up. - Matt