I am new to this site and just by reading everything every one has said it has brought me comfort that other people understand what type of pain, physical and emotional, I go through almost daily. I've had a back problem for most of my life but didn't start really taking action on it until now. When I was 16 I had my first brace but it didn't really help very much. I then did physical therapy for a little while as well as went to the chiropractor, but again nothing ultimately helped. Frustrated, I took a break from dealing with my back and doctors and just worked my way through the pain. Last year I received a new brace that would fit me better, but it still doesn't do much for my back. My pain has become much more severe and I have decided to become much more aggressive in my treatment. I went to the doctor today and they had me get x-rays, put me on an anti-inflammatory, and are requesting that I do physical therapy again for a month while they find me a specialist.
I'm ultimately hoping for surgery, especially before my dad's insurance runs out, so we'll see how things go! I'm open to any advice/questions as well. Excited to receive some support!