So my name is Kirstin, I am 19 years old. I have been suffering with back problems for 3 years now, my lower discs to be exact it is my L4 disc. Well It has deteriorated so badly over the past year and but in the past 3 years I have been dealing with the bulged/herniated part of it. It has bulged out into my spinal cord so bad that you can barely see the spinal cord where the disc has bulged into it. My back will go out on me about every 2 months where I lose feeling from my waist down. I can't get up or move around, the pain is so unbearable that I can't sleep, I get panic attacks. After I start to get some feeling back I can get up and walk but it hurts in my hips it will take me 30 minutes to walk 10 feet. The pain is so bad that I can't help but cry. My legs hurt constantly to the point I can't sleep at night anymore. My hips always hurt, my back is constantly on fire. I have like a million tender spots in my back, if anyone just touches it, it feels like I've been stabbed. It literally will bring me to my knees and tears to my eyes. My doctors have told me it will heal on its own, that I need to act like I am 50 years old. I am 19 years of age. I can't stand for longer than 20 minutes, I can't sit for longer that 20 minutes, I'm not allowed to bend, stoop, twist, carry anything heavier than 5 pounds. I've been active in sports since I was 5 years old. I've had the epidural steroid injections in my back, which in the end made it worse. I've been in a year of physical therapy which didn't do anything for me. I've been to a chiropractor, that didn't help. Muscle relaxers don't help because well its more nerves than muscles. I've pretty much tried everything, since I hurt my back I gained weight... guess what I lost it all and keep it off had a boob reduction hoping it would lesson the pain. Just Monday night I was in the ER because my back went out on me. I'm sick and tired of getting ER bills and everything, I'm 19 years old and already for a half a million dollars worth of doctor bills. Ridiculous right? So that last stage that we can do is an artificial disc. Which i am worried because I am so young that I will just have to live with the pain for ever, but I have no other option. My last doctor told me I should sit and rest and not do anything to trigger my pain, well guess what doc.... i did that... guess where I ended up.. the ER. Yeah that didn't help at all. He said my back will heal itself. Well my disc is pretty well gone. So sitting and letting itself heal is never going to happen. Well if anyone has any suggestions i am all ears. I would love to hear what you would have to say.
Thanks for reading,