I'm Misty and I've been dealing with back problems since I was 15. I'm new to this website. I was reading up on back surgery and came across these forums and decided to sign up. So here's my story.
Ok so like i've said i have had back problems since I was 15. It started getting bad when I was 17 and that's when I finally went to the doctor and had a MRI done. It showed I had 1 ruptured disc L5 I think it is. Well I went and saw a neurosurgeon and he says "you are too young for surgery here are your options 1. Physical Therapy 2. Injections 3.Surgery" Well I did physical thereapy and the injections. After awhile the pain quit. I went months and months without having any problems. As the few years have passed it started getting worse. I just recently had a MRI done in April of this year and now my L4 and L5 discs are both herniated and I have another one that is slipped. I went and saw the same neurosurgeon..and once again he tells me "your too young" (by this time i was going on 21) that i needed to try injections (again). I told him I don't want injections..I don't want to do something that isn't going to help me. I'm tired of hurting, i'm tired of people telling me i'm too young..I'll tell you what i'm too young for..this horrible excruciating pain that i'm going through.
My symptoms have gotten worse over the pass couple of months. For the first time the other day my right leg and right foot were swollen and my foot went completely numb. That right there tells you hey something isn't right here. I get to the point to where I don't want to walk, sit or lay down. No matter what I do it hurts. I can't lay comfortably without have pains shoot through my legs or my back...I just can't take this anymore. Crying isn't doing me any good so i'm wasting those tears. I'm scared to get get older..i'm scared of how i'm going to be. I know i shouldn't let this problem scare me so bad but for once i'm scared of what the future holds for me. So i'm getting a second opinion from another doctor who helped my brother n law. So tomorrow I'm calling him and I pray to God that he can help me.
Already I feel better now that i know there are other people who share the same problems I do. I hope I can get some good emotional support from others and I hope I can do the same. God Bless you all and thanks for reading and letting me vent