I am not new, I have been on registered for 5 months but I have never introduced myself. Soon after I found this site, a major life changed happened and I never had a chance to get on and really experience this site and hear from the people who are on it. I am 26 years old. I started having back pain at 21 and was diagnosed at 22 with DDD. It was crushing to hear that. I had gone through er visits over and over again for months, because I would go get some meds and then be fine for a few weeks. At one point I was given a combination of meds and had an allergic reaction to them, not fun to be in extreme pain and have skin rash on your face as well. Also put on steroids to reduce the inflammation, because really who thinks a 21 year old has the back of a 80 year old. Found a Chiropractor, NEVER AGAIN! Caused more damage than good. So finally made an appointment with a doctor I had found, got a referral, to the BEST NS EVER! I got an MRI. This whole time thinking "they will find out what the problem is and I will be right as rain again." No such luck. MRI showed a rupture and herniation.(L4/L5 L5/S1). And my doc told me it was DDD. I lost it. Right there in the exam. My boyfriend, now my husband, held me and let me sob. My doctor let me know the options and the game plan. I went through epidural shots, physical therapy, help but not enough. Believe me, surgery was not an option I wanted. Not at my age! I was driving, right leg disappeared(lol those who have experienced this know exactly what I am saying) I tried to brake and I couldn't get my leg to do anything. That was it! I scheduled my surgery and it helped. I am not completely better but I do have a life. I am in pain and exhausted everyday but I can take otc meds and be fine. I got pregnant 6 months post-op, I know not smart move. I had a textbook pregnancy. And nine months later, had a beautiful baby girl born via c-section. My doctors and I agreed, I couldn't deliver with my back. well that's back story. pun intended.
Now I am stay at home and full time student. can't wait to meet some new people!