Mark's Story - Dealing with Chronic Back Pain

Mark's Story - Dealing with Chronic Back Pain

Living with chronic back pain can be awful and Mark’s story shows that it can be search to find a solution.

Read below how Mark (46) managed to deal with his back issues (and yes, Pilates was part of the solution!):

“I’ve had back issues since I was 21 years old. It was just mild back pain at the time, which I could manage quite well with some physio exercises. But then when I was 41, I missed the bottom step of the ladder when coming down and I was in instant agony.

So I went to the GP and I managed to get a referral to Back Specialist, which thankfully put me on the right track.

I had epidural cortisone injections after the MRI scan pinpointed my facet joints had come out of place and pushed out on the sciatic nerve. After the first set of injections, I had a few physio sessions which helped, but I didn’t keep it up at home.

As the pain came back, I took painkillers to cope. Unfortunately, as my body got used to the painkillers, they became less effective, and I found myself getting addicted, taking more and more tablets to ease the pain.

The lowest point was when I tried a morphine patch together with the other painkillers, which helped me get to sleep that evening, but in the morning it caused me to collapse. I ended up in an ambulance due to an overdose on painkillers.

Fortunately, my Back Specialist then recommended a second set of epidural and facet injections, which made life a lot better. I had two weeks of physio after that, which was really helpful, but again after the initial two weeks,
I didn’t keep it up at home. As my pain came back, I had to have more injections.

I knew I had to find a more sustainable way of dealing with my back issues without relying on regular injections. Then, through a friend, I tried a Pilates class with Sarah and after 3 to 4 months, I was pretty much pain-free.

Just 1 hour a week of Pilates has made a huge difference. I haven’t had injections now for 2 years and my flexibility, core strength and balance has improved dramatically, which has kept serious back issues at bay.

Living with chronic back pain is simply awful. Having found a way of keeping my back pain under control has had such a positive effect on my life. I’m no longer being held back by pain, which is a huge relief.”

If you want to get similar results, try the Back Care Challenge or Back Care Programme and start taking control of your back issue today.

Sarah Vrancken

Article by Sarah Vrancken

Published 05 Oct 2022