I’m in desperate need of advice regarding the use of testosterone for a non-healing back injury.
I’m 54 years old, and was a very active father and healthcare professional. I have a history of recurrent back injuries and had chronic back pain, but remained very active.
In January of last year my my chronic back pain worsened and my back went out on me. It was not due to trauma or an accident in the gym, rather it was a slow accumulation of work-related stress, doing crunches which are not good for the lower back, and a really bad mattress. It was slowly worsening over the course of a couple of years, but I had become accustomed to having my back pain.
However when my back went out on me in January I knew it was different because the pain was very bad and I couldn’t sleep for almost 2 months
I had an MRI which showed some small and old disc bulges and some degenerative disc disease, all of which is common for someone in my age range. I had a pretty bad back injury back in 2009 and an MRI was done at that time too, and the MRIs don’t look very different over the course of 10 years. There is some facet joint arthritis, which again is expected. I eventually found a good mattress and started going to a McGill-certified physical therapist. I was not able to do the full bird dog or side bridge because of my back so I had to do more remedial forms. It has been a year now and I still have not made much progress despite plenty of rest and overall good nutrition. I am walking twice daily for 15 minutes plus another 15 minutes at work and I am doing a remedial form of the big three every third day. It is very difficult for me to work and I cannot function normally at home. I saw a neurosurgeon and a Physiatrist , as well as two McGill providers, all of whom said no surgery is indicated. I’m not improving, and it is taking a terrible toll on my work and home life.
I plan to discuss the use of testosterone supplementation with my urologist to hasten the recovery of my back. I read some of the posts on this website regarding what labs to order and I will bring that information with me. But I would like some advice from the community regarding any experience of another person who may have had a similar situation, and/or what kind of testosterone supplementation is best. I was thinking of using a gel.
My prostate is normal and my PSA is .83. I am almost sure that my testosterone values will be normal, but I know that can be spurious.
Does anyone have any helpful advice they can offer, please? Thanks.