I thought the yoga would work.
Or the acupuncture. I was really optimistic about the acupuncture.
Before that, I had high hopes for physical therapy, hypnosis, new mattress, red light therapy, and special office chair.
It’s not that these remedies failed. Each offered some help — a brief respite from the searing low back pain that had come out of nowhere and attacked me. But none provided any lasting relief.
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It was maddening.
I was a healthy person. I’d been active my whole life. Then one night, walking home from dinner, I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. The weather had turned cold suddenly, and I tensed as I walked faster to get to the car.
I barely managed to get myself to bed that night. Every movement brought a new kind of agony, the likes of which I’d never felt before.
An MRI would later reveal that I had two pinched nerves in my back. The orthopedist wrote me a prescription for Prednisone and said that would likely be enough, but I could try acupuncture or physical therapy if it didn’t resolve itself within a week or two.
When it didn’t get better after two weeks, I tried both.
After two months, I went back to the orthopedist. I was still having difficulty with routine tasks. I hadn’t been able to tie my shoes without pain in weeks. Standing to take a shower was challenging. Shaving my legs was unbearable.
The search for solutions
The doctor gave me two more prescriptions — an anti-inflammatory and another steroid — and said that if my back didn’t improve in another few weeks, he would give me a cortisone shot. If that didn’t work, we’d have to consider surgery. And if that didn’t work, I might have to live with the pain for the rest of my life.
The next four months were a rollercoaster of hope and disappointment, as I tried one remedy after another: Omega-3 supplements, turmeric, a new office chair, green tea, infrared therapy, white tea, another steroid, and on and on. Each time, I hoped that this — THIS — would be the solution, the cure.