I am 20 yrs old and have been having moderate back pain for about two-three years now. I had this checked out a while back by our family physician and was told to go see a specialist after having x-rays done. My mom did not want to pay for it so I never went. The pain has gotten progressively worse. The symptoms are moderate pain in my lower back and during particularly bad episodes (such as when I move furniture or I'm in a car for long periods of time the pain becomes severe and travels down my left leg stopping at the knee. A few months ago I moved to another state and had my father put me under his insurance so I was covered under both parents health plans. During a particularly bad episode I went to the ER where they took x-rays and told me the same thing. They also gave me flexeril and when that did nothing the gave me a shot of something that took the edge off and I know it wasn't a narcotic because I had no incapacitation from it. They then wrote me a prescription for baclofen and meloxicam (which ended up having no effect either), told me it looked like a bulging disc, and get it checked out by my physician. I found a physician here in Louisville KY though a friends recommendation. She expressed that she thought is was either a bulging or herniated disc as well, prescribed me Orphenadrine (Norflex), and had me get an MRI one a few weeks ago. The orphenadrine has done nothing for me either. I got the results today and there was no evidence of disc herniation but the end result reads like this for L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1:
"IMPRESSION: There is no evidence of disc bulge or of herniation. Mild facet degenerative disease is present bilaterally."
My physician also wrote Moderate DDD off to the side on the paper
I was then told I would be referred to a pain management DR.
when I got home I began to do research and was bombarded with a thousand different terms which caused some confusion. I came to the conclusion the DDD is Degenerative Disc Disease. I also looked up the pain management doctor I am being sent to and found there were no positive reviews for him and that he was described as rude, uncaring, and doesn't listen to his patients. I am terrified I will not be taken seriously. My questions are: is DDD the same as Facet Degenerative Disease? What treatments will they do for this? Does anyone know of a better Pain Management doctor in louisville? Is it abnormal for me to have this at my my age? Is there a reason these medications aren't helping at all?
Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you?