He said this was called degenerative disc disease, something that tended to develop with age.He also thought my condition might not get much worse, so it was best to try to deal only with the pain.My wife and I can go for long walks, which were out of the question before.
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I couldn't bend over to put on my socks and I'd get huge spasms and fall to the floor, unable to move until a doctor came to give me Valium.
By Christmas that year I'd developed sciatica, too.
A third of the population suffers from back pain at some point.
Most recover with rest and painkillers, but some will need surgery.
Usually the nerves gather information from the environment and transmit this to the brain via the spinal cord.
In some patients, all the nerves are doing is giving unremitting pain - so wiping them out isn't a problem.
It's when pain persists or increases after six months - or when it starts radiating down the leg - that doctors become concerned.
A slipped disc is often suspected in patients with unremitting lower back pain.
Mark Sappol had a pioneering new procedure which killed the nerves causing the pain. Ever since I was a child I've had a bad back, and over the years have tried everything to resolve it - physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths - although whatever I've done has only helped temporarily.