Question by jennainhiding: Should I have back surgery or work on weight loss or get the corti shots?
My back pain first started 7 years ago. I was playing racquetball for the first time in life (though I played tennis and other sports), and I quickly learned that I could not play for more than 3-8 minutes. I would attempt to return a serve and suddenly my back would lock it up. It would take forever to walk across the campus, the pain was very intense, and I would be half paralyzed. Anyway, I stopped playing. The pain and lock-ups came now and then over the years. At some points in time, I would literally be unable to move, except by dragging my body along the floor with the strength of my arms. I’ve been bedridden for 3 days at a time. Anyway, a year ago, I finally went to the doctor. I have a pinched nerve and a ton of arthritis (more than the doc has ever seen in patients 2x my age). He suggested a corti shot, and/or back surgery. The surgeon he sent me to was a joke, I never did get the shot. I’ve been on pain-killers for the past year now – I stopped taking the
Anti-inflammatory meds shortly after being on them. I do not like putting drugs into my body, and after being dependent on the pain-killers for nearly 3 months, I finally cut down on those and rarely use them now. Anyway, several ppl have told me to get the shot. Others swear by the surgery. I believe that if I lost weight and strengthened my back muscles
, the pain could be significantly reduced, if not completely eliminated. So please help me in answering a few questions – If I get the surgery done now, will the arthritis just continue to return over the years? If I do have less fat cells and weight, could this help keep the nerve from getting pinched? – I think there would be less pressure and uncontrolled movement? What other things should I do to work on the pain/arthritis.
And, I am 5’4 with an extra 100 pounds at a whopping 230 pounds .
Answer by oddball59
If you are overweight….I would take the diet option first. Your pain will be significantly reduced. Also I would ask for a cortisone injection as they are really effective for pain relief. They do hurt as they go in but the relief can last a good length of time and these can be repeated. At least these injections would help you to get through till you lose some weight.
Arthritis is a crippling pain so I really empathize with you.
I hope you get some relief soon.
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