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depressing back pain at 23 :(

missquinn86mmissquinn86 Posts: 26
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi everyone, its good to see that I am not alone (unfortunately due to crappy circumstances,i wouldn't wish back pain upon my worst enemy!)

My name is Amy and I am 23 years old. I live in Australia. I hurt my back over a year ago. I was sitting on the floor and go up and felt like i put my back out in doing so. The pain was beyond horrible. I was bed ridden for days. I saw a physio (who is fantastic) for about 2 months, once a week. The pain subsided for a few months, but unfortunately its back again :(. It started again about 7 months ago..i was laying down and started getting back spasms. I went to physio again (and still do once a week/fortnight). She recommended that i get a CT scan, which i did, and it showed a few abnormalties. Scoliosis, some degenerative changes in my spine, and a minor dic bulge. The area with the degenerative changes (arthritis) in right on my bra strap. If i touch the bone, it doesn't hurt...but next to the middle of my spine, it feels as though i have a huge knot but my physio said i don't have a knot there, just imflammation. I have tried endless amounts of anti inflammatories but they dont give me relief in that area AT ALL. I can't stand for long, as my whole back starts to ache and it feels tired-the best way for me to describe it is "chronic back fatigue"...physio says i have poor core muscle strength, so she gave me plenty of exercises to do on a med ball (which i do daily). I also try and swim twice a week (i should be going more). She says i should be doing pilates, or joining a gym but it's so hard to do anything physical after work and my back feels so "tired". The past few days i have really overdone it. I've been working long hours. I have been getting a weakness feeling in my legs when i lay down on my back-kind of like pins and needles. Could this be a nerve? Could the disc be prodruding more than what it was? Its NOT sciatica...i get that occassionaly and i know its from the disc (i cant remember the name of the disc but its the one on the bottom of my spine and the most common disc to "slip". ) It's starting to really make a negative impact on my life. I don't go out with my friends near as enough as i used too. I am so lucky to have such a caring and supporting bf. I worry that my back will get worse and he will get over it. I worry about my future-how will i ever have children...i shiver just thinking about how bad my back will be when i become pregnant. I am really starting to stress. My physio says that i should think about having a cortisone injection...does anyone else suffer like this? Does anyone know what i mean when i say my back feels "tired"? Please help.


  • It's not good that you've had so much back pain and weakness. Is it the L5-S1 disc causing problems? I hope that you can see a Spine Specialist like a Neurologist to find out what's going on with your back. Your PT may want to refer you back to your Primary Dr. to see if injections may help but you need to see a Neurologist and a Neurosurgeon if the issues continue for you and they refer you to a Pain Management Dr. to do injections. I hope your back injury gets better. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to theo forum! :H we are here to offer us support and asnwer what questions we can. try to stick to your swimming. it is so good for your body!! good luck and i hope you are feeling better soon. :D Jenny :)
  • Amy
    sorry that you have so much pain at such a young age .there is a machine called acticare its a high powered TENS and external spinal cord stimulator .google www.acticare.com for more info .with all your symptoms i would go for another consultation as i think there's more going on in your back re the leg weakness ..that's a worry do you have any problems going to the toilet both ways? nerve pain is like fire and you would need a very strong pain killer like tramadol /Oxycontin even morphine to help with that ..now i know some are going to say that they do nothing for nerve pain and you need gabapentin or something similar ..but if you are like me and can't take it then the narcotics work very well too .don't be afraid of narcotic if you are in true pain they work very well .go to your family doctor and arrange for another opinion with a spinal surgeon the they may suggest an MRI .CAT scan to get to the bottom of why you are so much pain .you can make life more comfier at home with a recliner and a memory foam/spring combination mattress for your bed .ideally on a electrical raise base { they make nice modern beds now they don't look like they belong in a retirement home or hospital ward anymore!} see the velda proflex 30 or the temper electric bed .also cheap thing like ice packs help too .anyway i wish you well and you have done the right thing by joining spine health as they are many kind people on here with a vast amount of knowledge about back problems .take care
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