First off, I am not a great writer and have never claimed to be, I’m a developer so I focus my time on writing good code.
For years I suffered with chronic lower back pain and today I want to share my story about how I became pain free. The pain started after I was involved in a serious car accident in Gettysburg, PA. I hit a telephone pole head on while driving at about 55mph. That accident changed my life within a few hours when the pain started to settle in after being in shock. What’s crazy is that the things I did 5 years later that cured the pain, didn’t seem to correlate with the fact that I was in a traumatic accident. My back pain wasn’t just caused from the accident. My pain was caused by a multitude of things including bad posture, diet, smoking, and my overall general health; in combination with the permanent disc damage caused by the accident.
On January 15th 2013 I was schedule to have a spinal fusion on my L5S1 disc in my lower back. My insurance denied the surgery after making many claims, even the surgeon was frustrated with their reasons for not helping to pay for the nearly $100,000 surgery. Thank god they denied my claim, because after that I went on a full fledge journey to find a natural method to cure my pain, which ended up being a success. Here’s what I did to rid my pain for good.
1.) I invested in an office chair
This was not a cheap purchase, in fact, with all of the options I got it was just under $900. There’s no doubt in my mind that I got what I paid for. I run a web design business, so spending long hours in my office chair is mandatory. When I made the switch to the Aeron Chair, my back pain was virtually gone after sitting in it for not even 2 weeks. I wish I would have taken the $4,000 I spent on a Tempurpedic and just bought a few of these instead.
2.) I got one of these to stretch back & hip muscles that tighten from long periods of sitting
Earlier this year, I picked up a local gym membership and paid to have a personal trainer. Although the personal trainer didn’t really help me to meet my physical goals, he did teach me an exercising technique that changed my life. Here’s a quick YouTube that shows the technique. I normally only need to do this when I start feeling a little bit of lower back pain, as soon as I do it though, I feel instant pain relief that lasts about 12 hours.
3.) I stopped taking Percocets
It’s not easy to admit on the internet that I was addicted to a drug, and had no idea, especially since I consider myself a fairly intelligent person. Since 2007 I had been receiving prescriptions from my doctor for percocets (oxycodone). I always took the lowest dosage 5mg, and I even split them half. I was taking roughly 2.5mg a day of Percocet for years. Because it was such a low dosage, I never assumed that it was actually causing my pain or would become addicting. There were even times I went 2-3 days without taking them and I never felt “addicted” or like I needed to take them.
What I did not realize was the science behind what was happing when I took pain medicine. I learned from research that when you take pain medicine it blocks pain receptors in you brain so that you don’t feel pain signals that are sent by your central nervous system. The interesting thing about this is that when you come off of pain medicine, your pain receptors actually accept more pain signals than normal, causing you to have more pain than you normally would.
In March of 2013, I decided to quit taking percocets, cold turkey style. I still have a half a bottle of them in the medicine cabinet, I kept it merely to prove to myself that I could live with something I was addicted too and be strong enough to never take it again.
The first month was awful, I pretty much did nothing with my free time but lay in bed depressed. I knew why I was doing it and I knew the depression wouldn’t last forever, so I took my chances. After the first month, the depression went away and noticed that my back pain was much easier to cope with. It wasn’t until the 3rd month when noticed I barely had any pain in my lower back. It was actually weird to not feel pain, I didn’t feel normal without it. It wasn’t until month 9 that I could proudly say that I was completely pain free.
I took percocets for 5 years and it took 9 months to recover from them.
I realize that not everyones solution for permanent pain relief is different. I’m writing this today to put this chapter of my life behind me, and because I always said that if I found a solution myself I would share it with others. I hope this article saves someone else from agonizing pain.