Hi everyone! I've taken a good look around and I am so grateful for this message board. It's nice to know I'm not so alone and I like reading and learning from other people's experiences.
Me? I'm a 26 year old married female from Chicago. I've been suffering from back pain since I was 16 years old. I never really had support, my mother thought I was a complainer and quite a few of my doctors disregarded my back pain. I started to think that I was a wuss who couldn't handle normal back pain, and I started to just ignore it.
Recently, in the past 2 years or so, it's gotten a lot more painful and I decided to have another go at seeing a doctor. I've been to numerous orthopedic surgeon trying to find someone I feel comfortable with. I've tried pain medication, exercises, physical therapy and most recently had a discogram to figure out exactly what is the root of my pain. The discogram absolutely TERRIFIED me and was actually what caused me to seek out this site. I'm glad I did it though. We discovered that I have two disc herniations, one huge one at L4/L5 and a smaller one at L5/S1. I finally found a surgeon that I really like and we have decided that on November 3rd (the day after my 27th birthday) that I will be getting a TLIF (Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion) to take care of the herniation at L4/L5. My surgeon prefers to be minimally invasive and wants to wait and see the relief I get, hoping we won't have go in and operate on L5/S1 later.
I am currently on Ultram (Tramadol) and it's not agreeing well with me. I get hot flashes, nausea & it tears up my stomach if I don't eat with it. I have a few calls in to my doctor to discuss something else to manage my pain.
I think that about covers my story. Kudos to you if you made it this far into my post! I'm currently unemployed and completely focused on fixing my back, so I am online a lot. Feel free to PM me if you are going through something similar or just want to vent.