Im a 19 year old female college student SUFFERING from ddd in the thoracic spine, at 2 levels. t9-t10 and t10-t-11. t9-11 have all already begun fusing together and i am constantly in severe pain. and again. im only 19. i have had 1 MRI and will be going for another in the next week or two as well as having a CT done. it all started with crippling back spasms that finally eased after about 3 weeks of near immobility. i used my entire insurance years allowance of chiropractor visits within about a 2 months. during june-july, i did 6 weeks of physical therapy. i started out with land based, as well as dry needling (acupuncture. I left everyday in tears because of excruciating pain. They decided to move me to a water based pt and discontinued the dry needling. this did not help. at all. i was also taking celebrex (NSAID) during that time and that didnt even being to ease my pain. My spine specialist told me that because i was only 19 years old, no doctor would even consider giving me an injection. well he changed his mind once no progress was made. So i had an ESI in august, and unfortunately, that made the pain worse for a couple of weeks. the pain eased up some, but i was no better then where i was prior to the ESI. Sooooo, i returned to college (texas A&M) and talked to my chiropractor here. he referred me to a neuro surgeon down here, who is wanted a new MRI and CT. unfortunately, he cant figure out either why nothing has helped.
so, i sit here at work, fighting tears because of the horrible pain. ibuprofen, aspirin, and tylenol do NOTHING.
i lose a ton of sleep and cant sit for more then about 30 minutes before i cant handle it anymore.
im 19. i feel like im about 95. not to mention, thoracic ddd is the most uncommon ddd there is... and its at 2 levels. life sucks.
if anyone has any advice, please do share.