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Pain that feels like “sharp needles traveling through the back”: Christians's patient story


Video transcription of Christian’s patient story:

My name is Christian and I’m a carpenter at my family’s carpentry business.

In my leisure time I like to watch motorcycle and car races, but meanwhile I’m working on the renovation of our new house.

Two years ago, at the age of 39, my lower back started hurting. I immediately went to the doctor since as a carpenter I need to use my whole body for my work. I told him that the pain feels like a knife being twisted in my back and that it gets worse after standing or sitting for a long period. It feels like sharp needles through my back and sometimes it feels like burning. The pain is sometimes so bad, that it drags down my leg and it’s then difficult to move it.

One doctor said it’s a lumbar herniated disc, but I’m not sure if she really understands my problem. She tried to solve the problem by prescribing very strong analgesics, so that I can at least work again full- time, but they only made me dizzy and tired.

I know that after walking around it gets better, but it’s still frustrating not to be able to fully move and not to be able to have a “normal” family life.

Today I’m really desperate and I don’t know what to do. Without me working full-time, my family has financial problems, and besides that, customers have told me that the quality of my work has decreased. So it’s not only me who is affected by my chronic low back pain, but also the customers, and worst of all, my family.


But I didn’t want to give up. I took the initiative and researched the topic myself. On the Internet I looked for the search term “low back pain” or “chronic pain,” but it seemed like there wasn’t just one drug that helps everyone. Nevertheless, many articles talked about one major subject which was the interference of nerves in chronic pain. It seems that in pain conditions that last for more than three months, nerves may be damaged, which makes treatment more difficult.

After asking my doctor, she explained that there is a high possibility that nerves get damaged, especially in chronic pain. Therefore, we decided to start another therapy that also works for more than one pain type.

Honestly, I can say that it was a good decision not give up and to talk to my doctor again. With this new therapy I’m truly happy and can go back to leading a normal life.

If Christian's experiences are similar to your own, take the my pain questionnaire to increase your chances to get a correct diagnose and adequate treatment.