Here are some of the things that I have tried and it is very good. T.E.N.S unit. It sends electric pulses to your brain. The science behind that is you put the electrodes right before your pain between your brain and your pain site. The brain can only take so many signals when it comes to pain site. So the unit is blocking the pain signals with the other signals. It has been quite effective on me. In fact, I lost mine and I am desperate to get another prescription so I can get another.
Another tool that I use, when I'm out and about, is thermacare. If heat works for you when it comes to pain, and this really is a nice tool. It is like a heating pad that you are able to wear where ever you go. I really like them a lot.
I don't know if you put off doing this, because the pain, but exercise really works. I have put off doing this until recently. I still don't do it a lot. But I find that when I take walks, Even when I'm in pain, that it produces endorphins which are the same things that pain medicine puts off to make you feel differently about your pain. One way that you can exercise especially with back pain and I wish I was closer to one is a pool. If you're on disability and you have Medicare or Medicaid,they will pay for this as physical therapy.
Physical therapy is also helpful. I really put off doing this. I don't know if it was because I was lazy or I thought it would not help me. But I have been doing physical therapy this past month, not on my back, but on my shoulder and my neck. And it has been supremely useful. You might want to consider having your doctor give you a prescription for the service.
Do you go to a pain clinic? I go to you one for a couple things. I don't know what the procedure is called. But this procedure that I am having done has been useful. It is where they go and burn the nerves that are causing your pain in your back. It doesn't remove all the pain but it helps it's significantly.
By the way, if my writing is messed up a lot, just know that I am using a dictation program. I have a lot of pain in my arms wow all over. So you may find errors. I just wanted you know. It is not because I am pathetic. I could still be. Ha ha Ha.
Well that is about all that I can offer you as far as what I know. If this is stuff that you have already been using, then I am sorry that I have wasted your time. But I hope that some of my advice is been useful. With the tens unit. You could be using it the wrong way if you have not received any comfort from it. Many people have had that problem. Because they said the new units, but they don't train them on how to use it. They are supposed to send them to a physical therapist to have them show him how to use it.I just thought you might want to know that there's a chance that if you used it before we could still possibly be helpful.
Well I hope that you have as good a day as it's possible for you to have. I wish you best wishes in finding the comfort you need. Take care
I've also got chronic spine issues, from DDD, osteoarthritis, bulging discs & facet stenosis. I'm 53 and mine started in the early 90's following my first of five auto accidents...only 1 was my fault, and it did the most damage. Over the years I've done physical therapy, massages, TENS, ointments and nerve block injections; in that order. I have severe allergies so many pain meds aren't options for me. I love my TENS unit because I can use it on my back, arms or legs. The last episode of PT didn't work out because the exercises they wanted me to do actually inflamed and caused more pain & headaches. I spent 2 years doing nerve blocks all down my spine & its brought the most relief. Because of fibromyalgia and other undiagnosed issues going on I am always in some amount of pain. I've identified stress and drastic weather changes as triggers, so relaxation is key for me. I just wish I lived in a neutral climate. Good luck finding what works best for you! And don't get discouraged if it takes some time. If a doctor won't listen, get a second or third opinion.
The procedure where they burn the nerves is called Radio Frequency Ablation, or simply RF Ablation. If nerve blocks worked on you then talk to a pain physician about getting it done. It's a half hour outpatient procedure. Last up to two years. Works on Neck, middle and lower back pain. Had it done twice on my neck.