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lower back problem

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Lower Back Pain
2 months ago i slipped on a patch of ice & fell on my lower back at work & have been hurting every since.I have had a bone scan done & an mri & i think it was a ct scan.When i went to the er. they took x-rays & told me i had a compressed fracture in 2 of my verts.I cant remember which ones they were.Then they ordered a ct scan about 3 weeks later & it showed no fractures,which the dr.said where i was young & healthy that they could have healed quickly.Then I had,it was either the ct or mri done & they said that i have osteoprosis & degenerative disc disease.Plus 4 bulging discs & a shifted vertabrea & a torn disc.Will epideral injections help?I want to go back to work eventually!But I don't want to have to keep taking these injections if there not gonna help.My case manager''since it was through workers comp''said that i really ought to consider a discogram to get it done & over with if they can fix it with surgery.Am I ever going to be the same again.I am only 31 yrs. old.


  • Welcome to SH :H Sorry to hear about your accident and back injuries. First of all, be weary of workmen's comp; they are not out for your best interest and their business is messing over employees. A discogram is invasive and pain provocating, but it is helpful in finding which disc is the pain generator. I've had several ESI's but they never helped me. It's a fifty fifty chance it will work for a few weeks, months, or year. As far as the shifting problem you have, that might probably require surgery because you don't want to risk spinal cord pinching or even paralysis. I had retrolisthesis of the L4-5 disc and I had a fusion done to fix that as well as other problems listed below. Are you seeing an orthopedic or neurosurgeon? Do you go to a pain specialist also, and are you currently taking any meds for the pain? Is a lawyer helping you with your WC case? They will try to find any excuse to throw your case out and not pay medical and cut off your benefits. Watch what you say and don't let them stumble you. They WILL have surveillance on you. My husband went through all this mess with his injury, and they even had his doctor review videotape footage. Anyway, we're glad to have you here and offer you advice and moral support. Looking forward to hearing from you...Take care :)
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please check out the top of the forum under "Treatments." you cannot have shots indefinetly!! please check with your doctor about this!!!! :-C good luck and i hope you find pain relief soon! :D Jenny :)
  • Hi Kenny.It's pretty normal that most Drs want to try all conservative methods for about 6 months before thinking of surgery--unless surgery is a medical emergency.

    The injections are worth a try-you might get some relief from them,but I don't recommend getting more if the first one doesn't work.That's just my personal opinion because there are risks involved with the continued use of steroid injections.

    I totally agree with what meydey said to you about WC,that they don't have your best interests at heart..and perhaps theirs is not the advice that will be most beneficial to you at this time.

    Will you ever be the same again? Is anything? Who knows,maybe you will end up more blessed in ways you might not completely understand for years to come.

    Welcome to S~H.You will find a lot of information & support here... :)))
  • hi kenny nice to meet you ;)
  • to SH. We are here to help and support you. Glad you are here.
  • welcome. As a person who went to multiple Drs for 2 1/2 years and endured every test, therapy, and injection imaginable, I recommend you get the discogram done. It is painful, but normally the Dr sedates you so you dont really remember the worse. They usually give you pain meds for afterwards, cause it does bother you for a few days. BUT, it is the only test that showed the tears in 3 discs that I had for all that time. MRIs and myleograms dont always show small tears and thats what I had that was causing serious back pain. Bad enough to be on fenanyl patches and oxycodone for break thru pain. Discograms are the gold standard for surgeons to find pain generating discs. So if they are offering you, take them up on it. It is an expensive test, like 10-12 K. And it will give you some definite answers. I hope you can find your problem, and fyi dont stall, cause the longer that you have torn discs, the more nerve damage. Hope this helps. Im no doctor, just personal experience.
  • Iam not in constant hurting pain mostly when I stand up,sit down,can't walk for long period of time.Thats what hurts the most.Have trouble putting on socks & shoes.Going this thursday to set everything up.Wish me luck.
  • Good Luck! If you can try not to bend twist or lift. If you have disc problems that is what irritates them. If I can be of help, just PM me.
  • Here's some good info too.


    BTW~Discograms are subjective and many Drs find them to be controversial.The reason they are subjective is because the Dr relies on your levels of pain to find the pain generators.I would read a lot of material and get at least one more opinion if a Dr told ME to have spine surgery.
  • Hi there,

    I came across this site in a search for lower back pain forums. I am 22 years old, and when I was 16 I had a lamenctomy done at the L4/L5 level. After the surgery, my back felt as it never had before: excellent. Last year, about this time, I went to get up off the floor and couldn't move. The back pain had flared back up, and I was in pretty rough shape. After an MRI and seeing a Neurosurgeon, I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis throughout almost all the joints, and more trouble at the L4/L5 level. It's tough living with back problems, and I think it would help cope to be able to talk with others who have similar problems. Unfortunately I do not have insurance, don't qualify for state funded insurances, and just don't know what to do anymore. I was on 200 mg 2x daily, Percocet (10/325) 4x daily, and 800 mg Skelaxin 3x daily. While on these meds I felt great. I was able to function and go about my day. Since I couldn't have the surgery done due to the high cost, my Neurosurgeon had to discontinue my meds as he said his job was to do surgery, not prescribe meds forever. Seeing my family doctor, all she will prescribe me is 75 mg Lyrica 2x daily, and Motrin 800 3x daily, and these just aren't helping. Are there any other non narcotic meds anyone can recommend to manage the pain? Sorry for the long post, just introducing me and my deal.
  • good luck hun :*

    im getting confused with peeps not starting there own threads! 8}

    hi ejay and brendon !! @) :))(
  • hi im having a spinal fusion in 3 weeks my third back surgery in 15 years i miss my old job and do not want this surgery plus i just lost my insurance and already took the time off work 4 weeks hope its long enough this sucks i hope i didnt bore u felt good to get it out thanks and good luck to all
  • You didn't bore me,and I doubt that you bored anyone else...as a matter of fact,it would be nice to hear MORE about you.

    That's what we do here--talk about our spine problems(and other things) and give support to those we can.

    When is your surgery?
    I hope you're feeling better soon. :)))
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