I'm a 30 year old female. May 13th 2012 will be two years since my L4-L5 discectomy. How did my problems start? I ask myself that over and over. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all had back problems. I wonder why more wasn't done to prevent this from happening to me. I think about my youth, wheeling my grandmother and mother around in their wheelchairs. My grandmother was a heavy woman, so is my mom. I was the child who had to help them - I picked up their suitcases when we arrived and left Florida. I pushed their wheelchairs. When my mother couldn't work anymore -it was me who carried the boxes for her to her car. I think that probably played a role. Arthritis is all about repetitive movement. I was a figure skater. I quit after I landed my lutz when I was twelve. But started again when I was a university student. I thought I was getting good exercise, maintaining a healthy weight. I just did ice dance stuff - no jumps. But I think that didn't help my back. I worked out a lot at the gym. Probably too much. Again to lose weight. I didn't lift heavy weight or anything like that. Level 2 on cardio machines.
I've experienced back pain for the last decade of my life, it started in my early twenties. I was told I was just stressed out, it was my period, a knot in my back. It wasn't. So, now I'm angry. Angry at my doctor, my physiotherapists, my parents and other family members for not taking me seriously. I think to myself, if they had only listened, and believed me - I wouldn't be in the position I'm in. And I will continue this later. Atleast I started to tell my story.