24/7 Chronic Pain
by David H.
Following more than a decade of sport related pain (so I thought), I was diagnosed with Spondylolithesis S1/L5 and had a spinal fusion in 1998.
Since then, I have had a lot of very diverse therapy and specialist consultation to assess why my pain has consistently increased.
As you say, the majority of medical practitioners know little about muscular function or treatment and focus solely on the allopathic only.
I used to run, a lot! I used to row too and was 'fit' for a long time. This has given me an enduring metabolism and I remain a healthy 74kg at 1.70m and nearly 55 y/o this year. However, no matter what exercise, stretching, massage or even avoidance measures I take, I have crushing and 24/7 chronic pain.
I have just discovered your site and the 'hidden pain' which definitely rings many bells for me! But, like many of my usual routine exercise/stretching, I simply can't take full benefit because the pain in my lower back is such a big factor and I'm wondering how you think I could best manage such contrary forces?
I am VERY fortunate that my partner, already a naturally caring and talented masseuse, will soon qualify as a certified practitioner and she is increasingly looking into more focused areas such as those your website addresses.
She does wonders dealing with my pain and makes a huge difference. She has now identified the 'hotspots' associated with TFL and other Iliopsoas related muscle groups so I am optimistic this will translate to improved therapy but I'd really appreciate your views.