I just turned 21 and have been suffering from back pain for the last 6 months. I have turned to this site for information about my condition. I never though back pain was a big deal until I visited this website for some kind of help. I wish I learned about the potental problems back pain could lead to in grade school! I injured myself on the job and made an appointment the following week to chiropractor about my problem. He made me think that the pain i was experiencing was no big deal and he kept assuring me that it would get better (he never took xrays either!). He told me that I could go back to doing my normal work activities as long as when I lift something I have a straight back. I work a construction job and I just kept getting worse for the next 2 months. The pain was grueling! After about 15 visits I knew something was very wrong. I final seen an MD and he prescribed me vicodin (which im pretty much immune to now). I had my mri and I was shocked that I was this messed up. Now im seeing another chiropractor that has turned me complety around and im starting to have hope again. He specializes in spinal decompression, and the petibon system which i think every chiropractor should use. My sessions last about an 1 1/2 hours and I feel great. The only problems I have now are increased pressure around disks after standing more that 10 mins, and when I sit down for more than one hour my tail bone feels like its going to snap off (im guessing this is because of the facet arotheses?) If both of these symptoms do not go away Ill probably get the accurascope procedure or an adult stem cell injection to fix the problem.
My Mri findings-
L3-4: Mild bilateral facet arthroses.
L4-5: Mild desiccation and disc bulge. Mild bilateral facet arthroses.
L5-S1: Mild disc space narrowing and desiccation with a left central disc extrusion which extends dorsally up to 4mm. There is mild retrolisthesis of L5 on S1 of 2mm. There is mild ventral indentation on the dural sac and left S1 nerve root. There is no foraminal narrowing. Mild bilateral facet arthroses.