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Can't take much more please help!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi. My name is Nikki. Im 24 years old and have degenerative disc disease, and three bulging discs. L3,4,5-S1. I have had multiple steroid injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency, acupuncture, chiropractic work and the Med-ex program. I have also met with two surgeons who tell me that I am too young for surgery. I have been in severe pain since august. Its everyday all day. Im having what they call a "flare-up" at the moment. My discs are pushing against my nerves and the pain is unbearable.

I feel like my life has come to a complete stop, and I cant take much more of this. I was going to a pain clinic, and they recommended I take a course on how to live with the pain-how to go through life with this sort of pain. I don't think my friends or family really understand how horrible this is.

If anyone has any ideas please let me know. There has to be something that can help.


  • Sorry to hear you're going through this. I have injuries in the same areas as you do & it took awhile for my Dr (PCP) to take me seriously...she wouldn't even order an MRI...so I paid for one myself & thankfully once she got the results that proved that I'm not imagining my pain I was given a referral to a surgeon. It stinks that Drs don't take their patients (esp. young females) seriously!!

    I just wanted to let you know that there are others here that know what you're going through. I hope that you'll be able to find a Dr that will help you.

    How is the pain effecting your daily life? Are you able to go to work/school?
  • I think you have a similar post I answered hopefully. I just wanted to Welcome you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can.. there are many things you can try for pain control.. a pain clinic is just what you may need!! =D> i have lived with this for over 30 years and know it takes alot of work and trial and error.. there is pt, medication, injections, ect... you have to find what works for you.. :D i hope you find the info and support you need to move forward here.. we care and are here for you! :D Jenny :)
  • on 4-15-09 i had what i thought would be my last hope at recovery---sure enough it was!!!!! i was schelued for redo of my l4-l5 disc. the dr went in and screwed my back to my pelvic bones. my incision is about 12 in long, a j-tube. iwoke up with no back pain, only pain in pelvic area in the left side. i got up at 9pm sat in chair and was relised to the floor the next day. i stayed 3days and walked every day. still no pain. i am on oxycontin 60mg q6hrs and no other pain med. when i see the pain dr. i plan on getting off the oxy!!!! i just need to learn to walk straighter. i just can't believe the pain in my leg is gone,the pain in my back is gone the severe pain in my toes is gone THANK YOU JESUS!!!!!!!!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875

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    Please feel free to contact me at rdilauro@gmail.com or send me a message
    It is so very frustrating when I hear members say here that their doctors wont do surgery on a patient because the patient is too young.
    I am sorry, but spinal problems and chronic pain does not discriminate. It can hit anyone, at any age. When you have pain caused by disc problems, its real pain and it needs to be addressed.
    It sounds like you have had a number of conservative treatments, thats good, but they dont seem to be helping you. If your doctor does not want to do surgery, then what is his/her actions plans for you?? Going to a pain clinic is good, but if it is only to work with you on how to deal with the pain and not fix it, then I have many questions.
    I would seek a second or even third opinion. Collect all your documentation and testing that has been done so far (ie MRI) and make an appointment to see another spinal specialist (generally a Neurologist)
    I was 14 when I had my first back problems, 17 when it directly impacted my spine and it wasnt until I was 28 was I able to demonstrate what was the problem and then they did do surgery procedures.
    There is absolutely no reason you have to live day in and day out in pain. Its one thing if you had surgery and still have problems, because that can be a reality, but you have not even been given the chance to see what surgery can do to help you.
    Good luck, please keep us informed and if you need additional assistance or just someone to bounce things off, there are so many members that are willing to do that here, and I am always open via Private Messages or Emails.
    Take care
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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