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Hello 32yr old female with vertebrae fusing on their own?

PunkrkgrlPPunkrkgrl Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi im heather :) sorry all of you are here but it's nice to meet you :) like I said I'm 32 yrs and I've had chronic lower back pain for years...I've been to a few docs most blew me off :( when I was pregnant with my now 19 month old twins things really got awful I tried to tell the dr my back (almost where my tail bone is was breaking) of course no one cared....now just last week I've been getting that pain again,and in my hip,my right buttock,and down my leg it's unbearable I went to a quick clinic because I could stand I no longer...they took a bunch of xrays and told me the disc between my L4(?) and sacrum is gone and the 2 are fusing tog and I need a specialist...sigh...I'm in a lot of pain and I don't know a lot about this stuff so hopefully I'll find some helpful info here..sorry to ramble I'm gonna go mingle the threads now and try to find info


  • HI Heather,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others in the same situation as yourself. In between each vertebra is a disc, when the disc becomes damaged and begins to loose fluid it dries up. The bones then touch and will eventually over a long time fuse together, I should say can fuse together.

    As far as seeing a specialist, you should be seeing someone whom is fellowship trained in spines, either a ortho or neursurgeon. Which doesn't mean you will need surgery, just whom will diagnose you and design the best treatment for your individual body needs. Look in the FAQ section, at the top of the page, and you will find a link on preparing to meet with a spine surgeon and a second on 38 questions to ask a spine surgeon. Be prepared for your meeting and understand how the spine works. We have a video here on spine anatomy which you might find useful. Also you might want to look at a dermatone map and see if that is the pain your getting down the leg?

    Once you meet with a surgeon, and if they should suggest surgery right off the bat, get a second opinion, that is completely independent of the surgeon. It is always a good idea to get a second opinion anyway, so you know all your options. Dealing with the spine is not like dealing with a knee, as once the structure is changed it is for ever changed, and you don't want to end with permanent nerve damage, or with failed back surgery syndrome. So do your research and learn all you can.

    At spine-health, you will find very knowledgeable and caring members, along with our doctor written and peer reviewed materials. There is also a chat, which has members logged in at all times, that can answer questions as well. Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. If I can be of any assistance don't hesitate to pm me. Take care.
  • Have you been evaluated for a condition called ankylosing spondylitis? One of the symptoms of it is fusion of the spine. I would make an appt with a spine specialist, such as an orthopaedic doc or a neurosurgeon, but you should also make an appt with a rheumatologist, as they are the ones who can diagnose/treat it.

    I'm actually in the process of being evaluated for AS. It's basically an autoimmune disease and it affects joints as well. Google it and you can find a ton of information about it. I'm 29 years old and I have a soon-to-be 19-month old, so I can relate to your pain.
  • Crazy enough I googled every symptom I have and ankylosing spondylitis was first on the list....it sounds horrifying :( I hate Drs as is and I'm not a fan of western med but I guess this isn't something I can put off anymore... I really think I've been blown off due to my age and appearance ...I think Drs assume if your young tattooed and pierced and have dreads to boot you must be trying to score drugs I really think this is why no one has bothered to even investigate in the past...hopefully now someone will listen
  • I'm going to check out the info you suggested and make some calls:)
  • As a nurse let me tell you your last post is very very true... although I know it is a awful thing ... I have seen many nurses alone say nope they are a drug addict I am not giving them medications... Umm hello yes you are , no one can ever say what kind of pain a person is in it is discrimination... I hate it was just talking about it last night as a matter of fact... I have had nurses working my floor refusing to give medications that are ordered because " they take too much" umm if its ordered it is your job to give it .. I have also seen people come in in severe pain and every nurse and doctor say they are faking look at them they are a drug addict ... how do u know by a way a person looks... how do u know the pain they are in ... you dont pain is individualized and we all deal with it different ... I am a sissy .. a big one so my pain is always a 8 to me but to you it may be a 3 lol or just a ache.. makes me mad sorry for going on a long message...
    I hope you find a good great specialist be very picky, believe me when it comes to choosing... and I hope you have a minimal pain day :) Welcome and I know you will love the site I do !!!
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