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1 – How I Overcame Back Pain Through Self-Reflection Following years of mis-diagnosis I finally found the correct diagnosis and got well. In this post I’m going to tell my entire story of back pain from the beginning. Despite ruthless editing, it’s a bit long. I’m including the whole thing because I think it will be useful for people going through the same thing. 1994 when I heard some crackling noises coming from my thoracic vertebrae while being crushed in a rugby maul in a high-school rugby match. It wasn’t serious and the only sign something wasn’t right was occasional upper back pain when I would stand for long periods. In 1998 I moved to Whistler B.
It was super fun, but after a while I developed some lower back pain. Within a week of arriving home my leg pain intensified and my body tightened up so that any position other than lying down was painful. I was 19 years old and it was June 1999. In August my friends went off to university and I stayed home because of the pain. I was unable to sit for longer than an hour without leg pain and therefore not able to attend university. I might have a herniated disk in my spine. I had an MRI that summer and it showed a moderately-sized left-central herniation at my L5-S1 spinal disk.
Nevertheless the herniated disk on the MRI was diagnosed as the cause of my pain. I saw a couple of surgeons in Toronto who suggested I wait a couple months to see if the pain and my function improved. So I waited and spent a lot of time in bed. I spent the fall recuperating and the pain gradually receded. I started swimming three times a week. I went back to see the surgeon in November and explained that my pain was still annoying, but that I could live a quasi- normal life. I had the symptoms of somebody following a successful surgery.
He told me to keep doing what I was doing. By January I felt sufficiently improved to head off to university. The pain in my back and my legs continued but it was a mild annoyance, and over the next year and half I started playing sports again and eventually more or less forgot about my herniated disk. During the summer of 2001 I worked as a tennis instructor and didn’t have any pain or functional problems. In 2004 I spent the year in Australia.
I rode my bike everywhere and worked as a tennis instructor. I felt in the best shape of my life. One day I hit a forehand and felt a pinch in my lower spine. Some pain appeared and started to radiate across my back and down my left leg. The next morning I woke up feeling fine. Back from Australia in 2005 I finished University in Montreal and invited my Australian girlfriend at the time to come live with me in Toronto. All within a week and a half.