... in lower area of my back. this is affecting my job now . What can I do?
Honestly, outside of pain medication and probably even a heating pad, there's nothing that I can really tell you to do. My best advice would be to see your doctor. If they don't listen, keep pressing and find someone who will. I've been struggling with back pain after surgery at L5-S1. My surgeon kinda just blew me off and wrote in my report that my surgery was very successful and I was pain free. The new doctor I saw was sent that report and said she couldn't believe that he wrote that since clearly, I was in agony. Be your own advocate and don't take "oh, you'll be fine you need time" for an answer. There is obviously something going on if you're still hurting this far out post op. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you find relief soon! Keep us updated on your condition and what you find out :)
I had major Lower Back Surgery that was probably the most brutal surgery that can be done to a human, 3 level diskectomy with the placement of plastic pucks, and then fused from L3 to my Sacrum with Titanium Rods and Screws.
The Surgery was life changing to say the least, I had to relearn walking, I live in chronic pain, and it has interfered with every aspect of my life.
First off is weight, if you are over weight get it off, whatever it takes just do it.
Morning Stretching Routine, you have to develop some pattern that works for you, for me I have to sit for 30 minutes before I make coffee or I am in extreme pain and my left leg goes numb.
Next is chronic pain management, go see a specialist. I lived 5 years off pain meds and recently gave in and am now taking methadone for pain control. I am not real happy with the methadone so far so I am looking to talk with my doc about something else the next time I go see him.
I agree with Kaismama. Get yourself in to see a good PM doctor. They can discuss with you what your options are. You can try pain meds, of course, ice or heat you can try at home-which ever feels best and gives you the most relief. For myself, my heating pad is my best buddy! I use it often. You might have the option of injections like nerve blocks or epidurals, radio frequency ablations, facet joint injections and other options, there is also chiropractic (depending on if you CAN be manipulated, if you have hardware or fusions you may not be able to have some manipulations), massage is an avenue to look into as well as accupuncture and things like Yoga or Tai Chi etc. Most pain patients find that using several different approaches is best. I use massage, chiropractic, pain meds, heat and muscle relaxants plus I have tried many injections and RFAs. I also find that stretching and light exercise, like walking, is essential for me as well.
You'll have to find what works for you but a good start is to see pain management first. When you see them, dont talk so much about pain, talk about your ability to function and what pain keeps you from doing, like interfering with your ability to work or doing housework, playing with your kids or grandkids or pets, whatever. The focus is going to be more on restoring function than relieving pain. Whatever you do, keep moving. Sitting or lying around too much just makes things worse and that is what most people feel like doing when they hurt. There is no one magic bullet, you will just have to find the things that help you the most.
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