Does Back Pain ever Get Better?
LIke so many people, I have osteoarthritis, stenosis, degeneration, etc., etc., in my lumbar spine. I've had exacerbations for 40 years. All the time, I've been very physically active, and today at 73, used to walk daily and do strengthening exercises (supervised by my Physical Therapist). The past 6 – 12 months have been difficult. A year ago I walked for 45 minutes/day, today was 15, with pain. I've had SI joint and facet injections with minimal success. Another round of injections in in a few days. The pain mgmt doc has discussed radiofrequency ablation as the next step. Okay with me. I get some relief from Tramadol, but it doesn't seem like a good idea to take it all the time, and I use it very infrequently. I deal with the pain, but I fear that I'm not a very pleasant person. I increasingly walk with a limp, stairs give me a fright (!), and generally I feel too damn healthy and good to deal with this for the rest of my life. I'm losing my fitness because of decreased mobility. I don't mind exercising and committing myself to improvement; however, I'm beginning to get discouraged. I know so many people have/are dealing with this kind of chronic pain. Any experiences/hopes/suggestions you have to share would be helpful! I wish you a happy, active, and pain free day! Sue