Back Injury Disability Followup

It’s been about 2.5 weeks since I had last posted. I have been going to physical therapy 3 times per week and had received an epidural injection in the L5 S1. The pain in my left leg and foot is about 60% better, but I still have chronic pain in my lower back. My thoracic back still gets tight and fatigued if I stand up for too long.

I have been doing a lot of resting and light walks around my neighborhood with my wife and daughter. I’m sort of using the stroller as a hidden walker to support my thoracic and lumbar. It’s almost embarassing that I need to take periods of sitting down or I will start getting more pain, muscle tightness, and fatigue. At physical therapy I’m using their equipment to try and strengthen my core muscles so I can support myself better when walking around.

I also bought a massage chair at PC Richards for $800.00. It definitley was worth the buy and helps a lot. I’m trying to stay positive and use any tool that I can to help my situation.

Back Injury from Car Accident Disability

Let me first apologize for not updating everyone about my back condition. I haven’t posted in a long time because I have been working 12 to 14 hours per day and trying to be a loving father and husband to my family.

As all of you know, I suffer from disc problems in the lumbar spine L4 L5 S1 and muscle problems in the thoracic area which are causing pinched nerves. I get numbness and shooting pain that goes down my left leg and radiates into my left and right foot.

I was on a treatment regimen which included physical therapy twice per week, medication, and hours restriction at my job. I had applied for an ADA request due to my situation. My job has temporarily accommodated my request for 8-10 hour work day maximum. I am in management and paid a salary. Unfortunately most days require extended hours at my facility. The physical demand of the job is heavy with minimal sitting time.

I was on the road to recovery but unfortunaltely got into a minor car accident. I really didn’t think much of it at the time because I felt fine. Boy was I wrong! Later that night when I went to work (I work nights), I started to feel aches and shooting pain. I was already accustomed to a certain amount of pain that I managed with my medication. The pain I was feeling in my back, left leg, and feet felt horrible and I wasn’t able to find enough relief from my current medication.

I took myself to the hospital to get checked out. They treated me and excused me from work until I saw my pain management doctor. When I saw my doctor he stated he wanted me to stay out of work for 4 weeks. He had changed my medication and increased physical therapy to 3 times per week. He said another epidural injection would be given in two weeks. He doesn’t want me to do any heavy lifting and no excessive sitting, walking, or standing.

I really took a step backwards. I was showing some progress prior to the accident. It didn’t seem that bad until the next day. The accident really exacerbated my back problems. My back, leg, and feet hurt more than ever. I applied for disability for now, hopefully I won’t be out too long and things will calm down over the next few weeks while I’m getting plenty of rest.

Chiropractor Bruised My Spine

I have been dealing with herniated lumbar disc issues for several years now. I manage my pain with physical therapy and pain medication. However, for about a year now, I have been experiencing pain and muscle tightness in the thoracic area. I think a lot of this thoracic pain is due to my job and bad posture. My job is physically demanding and requires me to stand on my feet and walk around all day with no chance to sit down at all. My break consists of me grabbing a drink and using the bathroom. With that said, a combination of my bad posture and excessive standing is taking it’s toll on my back. I have to take pain medication about mid shift just to make it through the work day.

I decided to go see a chiropractor and see if it would be of any help. Boy was I wrong! The chiropractor put a unbelievable amount of pressure on my spine. He was hurting me during the treatment but I wasn’t sure if it was suppose to or not. I walked out of there and my back felt horrible. It feels like my entire spine has been bruised. I’m not looking to bash all chiropractors, but I definitely do believe it’s not for everyone.

Has anyone had any experiences like this?

Exercise and Diet for Herniated Disc

I have changed my diet and exercise regimen to cater toward my herniated disc problems.  I have obtained positive results since I made these changes.  On top of changing my diet, I have also included daily supplements to assist my daily nutritional needs.

I went into a state of depression for about a a year and a half and really let myself go.  I thought all hope was lost and I was not exercising or eating healthy at all.  I probably put on about 30lbs over the 1.5 years, obtained high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides.

After I got these blood test results, something just fired up in me to start making some life changes.  I started listening and watching media that motivates me and get my adrenaline flowing.  I am now feeling much  better and my herniated disc pain and discomfort is at a tolerable state right now.

Diet Changes and Supplments

  • I haved eliminated foods that are high in saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • I have increased my protein intake.
  • I have limited my carbohydrate intake to include mostly low glycemic carbs.
  • I am supplementing daily with: Whey Protein Isolate, Flax Seed Oil, Glucosamine, Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), and a Multi-Vitamin
  • I am eating about 4 to 5 balanced meals per day that are spaced 3 to 4 hours apart.

Exercise Changes

  • Cardio Exercise: I do the elliptical machine.  It’s low impact and great to get the muscles and joints moving.
  • Weight Training: I have stopped using free weights that put a lot of compression on my spine and switched to using machines.  I was always against this, but I love it now and would never go back.  My goals have changed drastically since my injury and I am doing whatever I have to do to take care of my back.

Sarapin Injection in Thoracic Spine

For some reason lately my middle to upper back has been bothering me, thoracic region of the spine.  I have a good muscular build, but I do have bad posture at times and I think this is the main cause of the pain.  I have pinched nerves in my lower back and can tell the difference between a pulled muscle and a pinched nerve.  The pain I’m feeling is definitely a pinched nerve in the thoracic vertebrae.

Over the the past couple of months I had two distinct situations where I was barely able to move due to the pain.  The funny thing is I was barely doing anything when my back started acting up.  I can run and jump all over the place and not feel too much pain, but something as simple as walking aggrivated it so bad that I had to lay on my back for 2 days.  I was literally walking out of my job casually after a day of work and I felt this pop sensation.  I could barely support my torso without feeling pain.  The pain is in the area of the back between the upper and middle where you bend.  I have always had bad posture here and I think that is one of the main causes of everything.  I also did heavy squats when exercising that could have contributed toward this for many years.

I have already received 2 epidural injections of cortizone in my lower spine this years.  My doctor wants to wait a little bit before giving me anymore steroids so he gave me a shot of sarapin in the thoracic spine.  It’s hard to tell if it helped or not, but if it did, it wasn’t any major improvements.  After doing a bit of research, a few sarapin injections may need to be given over a period of time.  Apparently there are minimal side effects with sarapin, so I think I’m going to give this a try again.

Does anyone have any experience with a Sarapin injection in the spine?