- Age 55+
- 6' 3"
- Physical activity per week 8+ hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Sciatica (pinched nerve, radiculopathy), Herniated disc (bulging disc, disc protrusion)
I suffer from back pain since my army years (early twenty). I guess jumping from an airplane is not very good exercise for the back. My dad suffered from back pain as well, so I guess that there is a genetic element to it. Being tall doesn't help either.
I tried EVERYTHING !!! ( I checked 22 treatment here), excluding surgery. Somehow I always knew that surgery is not the answer. It was so bad at the time, that I couldn't get out of bed for a month. I had to get epidural shots to my back twice before I could to get back on my feet. After that incident I've decided to change my life style.
I started to exercise regularly. My preferred choice is hiking. I like being outdoor and I live in a place that weather is almost always perfect. I also found out that if I stretch regularly I feel much better. Since no one like stretching, I register for yoga class. The instructor knows I'm not there for the yoga, just for the strengthening exercises, stretching and flexibility (be very carful with some of those Yoga ambitious poses, it can really harm to your back). I strongly suggest to find a framework to exercise.
After all these year I can safely say that exercise is the medicine for back pain. Once you start exercise, you lose weight, your core get stronger, you start to be aware of your health which leads to healthier diet, you sleep better, the level of energy are higher and the stress is lower ( we know that stress will kill us, back pain is just a reminder that this is the price we pay for walk upright on two legs). For me, the right shoes are extremely important. There are very few brands and specific models that works for me.
Good Luck and start walking.