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chronic low back pain 5 months after TLIF

Aug 20, 2015 4:45 AM

Hey. Still struggling with constant pain . Any movement causes pain. Don't know what to do . Walking and stretching daily . Trying to lose weight . Need to drop 25. Hard to do but I'm trying . Used to play competitive baseball . Just sitting here and pain is shooting across my core lower back. Help lol

Aug 20, 2015 4:46 AM

Any advice or suggestions appreciated . Thx

Aug 20, 2015 8:05 AM

Oh ow Rinoguy. Back pain really is horrible. Sadly I get this daily. Are you on any pain killers for it?
We all know how so many meds can make weight loss next to impossible (being a fair bit overweight myself I really do understand). Maybe keeping a diary of pain levels, food intake and any exercise will help build a picture that may give you a clue how to overcome this? Let me know if you succeed please as so far I've just made matters worse and am fast heading towards wheelchair territory.😣 I'll do anything to avoid that.

Aug 20, 2015 10:29 AM

Sounds similar to my SI joint pain that sometimes causes sciatic flares. Rest, heat & ice, along with my TENS helps. 🙏🌼

Aug 20, 2015 12:01 PM

Thx pj's and flappyslady81. Yes take pain meds which help a little bit . probably more than I think cause I would b screaming without them I'm sure.back pain is the worst especially low back . It is your core so you cannot escape the pain . Thx

Aug 22, 2015 7:25 AM

It's tuff I had to go to a pain specialist that I just had a new procedure test done. That made things lots better ..now just waiting to have the procedure done it's nerve abliteration of the sacrum time for me plus pain med s. Trying to stay active and happy are EXTREAMLY DIFFICULT. Maybe try a PAIN SPECIALIST THAT ONLY DOES PAIN. ..

Aug 22, 2015 11:24 AM

Hi Rinoguy, like Flappyslady my lower back pain ended up being caused mosly by my SI joints. I had all kinds of tests done and no one had a clue what was causing it. It wasn't until I finally went to see a pain management specialist that he determined it was probably my SI joints and i had an epideral steriod injections. After the procedure wasn't fun but after about a week it really helped a lot of my lower back and hip pain i was having.

It might be beneficial for you to go see one if you can. :)

Aug 22, 2015 1:33 PM

I use the TENS Unit in the mornings to help manage my pain then stretching and calisthenics to start my day. It's been an interesting and sometimes frustrating battle against the lower back pain. Mine is military service connected and my primary doctor really worked with me for pain management. I have a physical therapist on my pain management team and he's not afraid to try different techniques besides just working on the core building and strength development. We also use sonogram on the affected muscles (which works the same way as a TENS Unit but it's more mobile on the affected areas), deep tissue massage and a few times with acupuncture. I also work with a psychologist for relaxing and breathing execises and as an outlet for my frustration and as deterrent against depression and I do find that either Journaling or coloring work best for me. Lidocaine patches really do help especially when I can sense the onset of a pain flare up and I put one on right away. What I have found so far is that a combination of techniques work best with or without pain meds. It does take concentration and determination to have a daily routine or schedule to help you lessen the pain levels. Even I will admit to just staying in bed for the day just to give myself relief from the daily struggle. I suggest trying different techniques that work for you and try to stay focus even when it's hard. More importantly, just be nice to yourself and learn how to ask for help.

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