Back Pain Resource Center - About Us
Then at around age 30 my worst fear came true - I bent over to pick up a basketball and it felt like a bomb going off in my back. After spending 4 - 6 weeks in bed resting my back due to new sciatic pain (this was the biggest mistake of my life), I got out of bed and my body no longer worked at all. I was in constant spasm and could not even ride in the car a few blocks or sit through dinner. This went on year after year, and while I sought out all sorts of specialized medical advice (from physiatrists to pain clinics), nothing really helped.
After a few years of this, it became clear that if I was going to get up off the floor and back into life, I needed to find other ways to try to heal my back injury and to deal with my chronic pain. So began my odessey into back pain survival skills - I had no real road map, only my desire to try anything, and I mean ANYTHING, that might help me to get my back pain under control and get my life back.
That was about 8 or 9 years ago, and since that time I have been introduced to survival skills that I never knew existed. My whole diet has changed (now a vegetarian), I have been Rolfed, deep tissue massaged, cracked, poked with needles in places to numerous to mention, and taken more supplements in one day than I had previously taken in my whole life. I have had Zen therapy, Feldenkrais therapy, and Alexander therapy. I've wrapped on magnets, ice, heat, and a few balms that really smelled bad along with some chinese herbs that smelled even worse. And that just touches the surface - in reflection, it is really amazing to me how many things I have tried and that I survived all of them intact.
And after all that, I can say that while I still have pain, I am finally able to participate in life again - go out to dinner, travel a bit, work again, get married, and raise a family. It feels really nice to be back and part of life after all those years of watching life go by.
I feel very lucky to have my life back. And one thing I always promised myself was that, if I ever did get my life back, I would do something to try to help others who shared in my plight. This website is dedicated to that promise and my desire to provide a resource center for back pain sufferers to share ideas on back pain relief. You can read my first-hand accounts that will hopefully give you some idea of whether certain options might make sense for you to try. In addition, I have designed the site to be interactive so you can share your experiences with me and with each other as well. I hope that you will send in your experiences and suggestions so that I will then be able to include them in the Survival Skills section. I have also included a message board so that you can directly share your ideas, experiences and questions with each other.
I look forward to hearing from you about this website - please let me know through the Contact Page your suggestions on how I can do a better job or the survival skills you have tried that you think I should know about.