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25 with chronic back pain - the journey has just started.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:33 AM in New Member Introductions
I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease a year and half ago. It started when I was lying on my friends couch, having siatic pain running down both legs. For 8 months, I tried physio and a range of pain killers and a TENS unit with no improvements and was told - keep at it, it should improve.

At 9 months I had an MRI scan done. My S1/L5, L5/4, L4/L3 discs have all bulged (luckily not ruptured) and are putting the stress on both my left and right leg down to my toes. I also have a disc in my thorasic spine that has bulged and is impinging on my spinal cord. There is no family history or reason behind what happened - just the diagnosis that I have 4 bad discs and degenerative disc disease.

It has been quite hard to deal with changing from a very active lifestyle to now being told that I should not do running or jumping as I shouldn't stress my spine. I have suffered from depression due to the chronic pain and also gained weight (that I am now trying very hard to loose).

I had a microdiscetomy surgery completed on my bottom two discs 3 months ago. Unfortunatly, I haven't seen any improvements and am going back for more MRI scan's to see what is going on.

At the moment I am just waiting for the new scans and information and am looking for like minded people as doing this all by yourself is, after a year and a half, getting a bit tough. If there is anyone else, like myself in their mid twenties, it would be especially be great to hear your stories.

Being told that I should not run or jump is not much fun.


  • Hi,

    I'm also in my twenties. I had an equestrian accident and broke L2, L3, and my sacrum. I was initially told I'd be back to my active lifestyle (cross country running and horseback riding) in 3 months, but it has now been almost 24 and I still have no good explanation for my pain. I've exhausted all sorts of treatments: TENs, acupuncture, massage, PT, injections, pain meds...It sounds like you've also been working hard at different treatments without much success, and I can definitely relate to how frustrating that is.

    Like you, I have suffered from depression going through all of this. I think it is particularly difficult because being so young none of my friends understand what it is like to go through something like this, so there isn't a lot of support there. I think one of the big challenges is that I have been dismissed by so many doctors because they automatically assume that I'm young and that I'll heal...My sacral fracture wasn't diagnosed until 6 months after my accident because my doctor did not take me seriously about the amount of pain I had in my sacrum.

    I wish I had great advice for you, but I can tell you that I hear you and totally relate to what you're going through. Thanks for sharing your story, and hang in there. Good luck with the MRI.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. sorry to hear your procedure did not work as planned. :''( it is very difficult to adjust to a new lifestyle when it involves giving up things we love to do.. slowly you will begin to find other things to fill your time.. :? i know it sounds silly but walking and swimming can give you alot of freedom of movement. =D> also, using the exercise ball can work your whole body. have you tried any of the nerve pain medications for your sciatica? :? Lyrica works really well for me. you should talk to your doctor about this.. :-C good luck and i hope you find the comfort you need here on the forum!! :X Jenny :)
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