Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Naperville, Illinois
Bikes: Too Numerous (not)
Been there a few times (back pain). I've had several orthopods recommend various disc surgeries over the last 20yrs+ but I resist because I wasn't convinced anybody had a perfect diagnosis yet. Everybody is different but yours sounded so similar so I thought I'd mention my approach. I abandoned the orthopods and went to a pain management clinic to start getting spinal injections --both for relief and for diagnostic value. Even though an MRI shows some serious herniation areas, injections in those areas did very little. They again recommended surgery but I persisted and asked for "facet blocks." Bingo. Total and prolonged relief.
I thought mine were muscle issues (spasms etc) at first. Pain was sharp and severe in the core areas and would "take your breath away" as you described. Bending over and lifting even small loads after exercise would tend to trigger it. And then after sitting for a while and then standing I have to walk with a kind of "hunch" with my butt sticking out until I loosened up. But once I was loose again I could sometimes walk and play 18 holes.
After 20+ spinal injections over a few years I did a facet rhizotomy with great success and 2yrs of no pain at all. It came back and I just had another. I'm back to walking and carrying and can do 36 holes if I want (playing tomorrow).
David Green, Naperville, IL USA "The older I get, the better I used to be" --Lee Trevino