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NashaNNasha Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:51 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello everyone!

My name is Nasha, 25 years old, and I'm from Baltimore City Maryland.

I came here because I'm now starting to realize the crapshoot of genetic back problems (inherited and 'just runs in the family' as well lol) are starting to affect my life. So, I decided it would be best to find support. I'm sure there are people younger then I, but it's just a bummer to know your body is already going down the drain and I'm not even 30 yet.

My current problem as of the moment is Sciatica in the left leg and what seems to be the start of Degenerative Disc Disease (I believe it's called.)

Now, my mother already has been dealing with these things for years now, as does my sister. But these days I'm worried about other things they have like Fibromyalgia (my mother and sister both have it), the possibility of having to get spinal fusions (my mother has this), and knee problems--which thankfully I have showed no sign of, but my mother has big problems with.

I'm not sure if this is the place, but my google-fu isn't perfect. Can anyone tell me if the things I've listed are inherited, genetic, or common in familes? (I listed all of the options because I believe there are slight differences in all.)

Wow, alot of text. Sorry. lol. But thank you for reading and I'm so happy to have found this place.


  • Hi Nasha,

    Welcome you here.

    Sure you will have great time with all of us.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am a great believer in genetics and back problems.. my mother and sister both have the same problems i have on the same side. we have all had atleast one of the same surgeries and my mom and sister have had both their knees and hips replaced.. as for your sciatica, have you tried any of the nerve pain medications?? i use Lyrica and find it a great pain reliever for the sciatica in my left leg..talk to your doctor about them...i know you will find SH to be a friendly place and a good place to learn about your pain problems...good luck! Jenny :)
  • Hey there,
    Don't feel as if you are doomed because you have genetics against you. Honestly, there are a ton of back sufferers in the world. You fate might be far different than that of your mother and sister.

    Have you seen a specialist about your back? If not, might be good to see one just to get a baseline. Many people suffer from sciatica and DDD without ever needing surgery. There are many things you can do to keep the sciatica at bay. I did quite well for 17 years and just tempted fate trying to run a 3rd marathon. I didn't recognize the newer signs of my sciatica.

    That being said, things that were successful for me over 17 years was seeing a doctor for baseline, going to PT, doing PT exercises almost religiously, keeping my core (abs/ lower back muscles) fit, walking, careful bending/twisting/lifting, occassionally needing a prescription NSAID (anti-inflammatory) and really knowing what activities increased the sciatica.

    I just want to give you hope.

    As for the fibromyalgia...not an easy disease. Similar to chronic pain. Sorry to hear that about your family and hope that you don't have these issues.

    Glad you are here, hope we can provide some support.
  • i have to agree with DNice that you are not "doomed" as it all depends on how you treat your pain problems and that differs from person to person.. so have a good outlook and despite the fact that genetics can be a factor, it does not have to be the end all to your situation.. good luck once again!! Jenny :)
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