Have already made one post on here but haven't introduced myself properly. Started having low back pain over 3 years ago, went to various different private and NHS physios and received all manner of answers, but none of the treatments or exercises helped.
Recently was diagnosed with facet joint syndrome, paid for a radiofrequency nerve ablation but 8 weeks on unfortunately the pain has returned.
Pretty bummed out if I'm honest as I did pin a lot on it and hoped it would at least provide significant relief, which it initially seemed to do. Am plugging away with physio still twice daily and have relented with prescription codeine. I have a weird aversion to prescription medicine, I think it comes from my dad as he's the same, but I've realised that actually there are times when I need extra help and shouldn't be so stubborn!
I'm 34, sedentary job but I like exercise a lot, used to go to the gym a lot and like lifting weights (although now know that might not be the best for my back!), I like swimming and cannot WAIT for the pools to open soon. I like walking and recently discovered pilates too. I also horse ride which probably isn't the best for my back but no one can really tell me for certain, sometimes I ride and I'm fine, sometimes I ride and I'm in pain.
I've tried cutting out meat and other inflammatory foods, I'm vegetarian but have recently started taking collagen and cod liver oil as I've heard these may help, even though it means I'm not strictly a vegetarian any more! Trying to lose about a stone as am at the top end of a healthy BMI.
I also use a CBD vape, I know some of the research is contradictory on the benefits of CBD but I find it provides pretty quick relief, although doesn't last too long. I also use my TENS machine which I love, and use heat therapy as needed. Not sure what more I can realistically do but open to any and all ideas people may have on top of what I'm already doing!
Just happy to have found a community of helpful people and somewhere I can offload from time to time. Unfortunately my family aren't massively supportive and just expect me to get on with it, and I also tend to have that mindset myself too because I think I'm relatively young and that's what I should be able to do, and I don't always listen to my body. Anyway, I'm rambling now, thanks for reading if you got this far!