I been doing that google thing and the most promising looks to be the chiropractor sessions as WH described. I will probably start that this week.
Hey Fred, age 18.... that is when the whole deal started for me. Injured at basketball practice when i got low bridged and landed on my back, been dealing with it semi successfully ever since but it has turned into a once a week thing the last few months and a couple times a day thing the last week or so....worst stretch of time it has ever been. From past experience, I definitely have L4 & maybe L5 herniated and I think I may also have issues in the C# region since after talking to a buddy yesterday diagnosed with a herniated C3 his symptoms are identical to mine with the neck pain & spasms, limited shoulder movement, arm weakness and numbness in my fingers.
I have a sleep number bed set to 100, have a massage chair that along with stretching eases up the spasms pretty good. I do stretching & twisting exercises when it isn't real bad like right now. I have maybe 5 extra lbs on my gut at the moment from the winter insulation I accumulate annually, but otherwise lean and mean and not too far from my 'blue twisted steel' strength days...
..... well ok my weight is only about 7 lbs from those days, but my strength is pretty far from those days..... I love the idea about no raking, but i live in the middle of a state forest with 5,000 acres of trees. I have put off the building power washing projects since the side to side motion is a known killer for my back.
This is definitely small potatoes compared to issues a lot of folks deal with, I just am trying to get back to semi functional around the homestead and if I can get to lifting 50 - 75lbs and playing golf once in a while without having to crawl to the cart to leave the course halfway through like Saturday I'll be happy.