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What to do when Doctors says too young to help??

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello All:

I am a 23 year old girl who has suffered from severe back pain since i was 13. i have seen doctor after doctor and everyone said i was too young.. finally, this past year they said they would consider me for a fusion, so i went to the EDITED to get the best help. They did a discogram (the worst experience of my life!!! i now know exactly how a 10 level of pain feels) and they dounf that i have 3 pain degenerators on all my bottom 3 discs.. there is a grade 3 tear on all and they are conclusive with the pain i experiance day to day. I had traveled 10 hours to see the doctors at EDITED and have that test done and all they did was call me the day after the procedure and told me there was nothing they could do because i had multiple disc damage and i was too young! once again, i became hopeless! i am so young and i take so many pain pills that it just becomes a vicious cycle! the doctors have refferred me to a pain rehabilitation program where i stay for several weeks and they teach me how to live with chronic pain.. has anyone ever gone through this?? i just want to be able to wake up in the morning and not think about the pain and to have a fulfilled life! i am soo hopeless and nobody understands unless they have chronic pain that DOES NOT GO AWAY!! let me know what you guys think!

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  • Hi I'm 30 and my doctor doesn't want me to get a fusion on my L-5 S-1 yet because it may not make all the pain go away and it may also cause more problems down the road as in more surgeries on other level due to the increased pressure put on them by the lower level being eliminated.He is more complacent just to have me do nothing and wait until the pain gets to the point where I can not take it anymore. This is just my doctors opinion and may not be other doctors opinions.
  • I'm 22, I've been dealing with my bad back since I was 15, and have heard the same thing too many times in regards to any treatments, not just surgery. The best advice I can give is to keep searching. I had to look for three years before I found the right doctor to help me. There will be someone to help you. Have you tried the university hospitals? This is where I finally found help. I'm refusing surgery at this time, but I was offered it a while back. Someone will help you. I know it seems like a hopeless situation, but it's not. It's not hopeless, and you are strong for having lived with pain this long, so I know that you'll be able to keep at it until you find the help you're looking for. In my opinion, the too young thing is BS. Although I understand where they're coming from in regards to having surgery young and needing more sooner in life, I say, "So what?" If you need it, you need it. They don't tell kids that they're too young for cancer surgery, so you're not too young for back surgery. This is only my opinion! You deserve to have some sort of life. I've never heard of the pain rehabilitation program. What did they tell you about it? Are they saying it's ok to be on meds or is it one of those programs that tries to get you off the meds and teaches you other ways of suffering... um... I mean dealing with pain! Make sure you know what you're in for if you decide to do it. I'd ask them directly about meds and the specifics of the program. Knowledge is power! Just keep looking, if they told me I'm not too young for surgery and there have been many others I've met online that weren't too young for surgery, then you're not either! But please remember that every procedure has its benefits and risks and surgeons are not always straight up with you. Please do some research on all of this on your own. It's great that you're talking to us, please keep talking, it's healthy and helpful, we'll help as best we can! Please don't give up, I'm always here to listen and I understand what it's like to be young and in pain. Be kind to yourself!

    Much love and understanding,
  • I just wanted to say that i understand. I am 28 and have come to find out that age can sometime determine the care you will receive.

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