When Phil Crulley went into a coughing fit, he had no idea how it would change his life for the worse.
After slipping a disc in his back the 53-year-old was left in excruciating pain, became bedbound, while for months his family became his full-time carers.
His daily pain meant he couldn’t stand up, walk, work, drive or lead an active life, and Phil dreaded every day.
But now, after corrective back surgery, he has completed a 50 mile walk along the Northumbrian Coastline and 80 miles along Hadrian’s Wall and has started to enjoy life again.
“A simple cough during a bout of bronchitis was the bolt out of the blue that caused my prolapsed disc and saw my world come to a shuddering halt,” said Phil, of Cramlington, Northumberland. “But now I’m back to normal and I love getting up every morning.”
Phil’s back problems started decades ago and after spending thousands of pounds of chiropractors, physiotherapists and acupuncture, he eventually had surgery for a prolapsed disc in 2002.