Hello out there,
I have searched the forum for posts about children, but I didn't see any. I am hoping someone can help me help my son. If this topic has been covered numerous times, I apologize.
My son started having low back pain at age 7. Over the last three years, it has been attributed to bad posture, a leg-length discrepancy, having a hypermobile spine, etc. He also has juvenile arthritis, but his rheumatologist says his back pain is not due to his arthritis.
Three months ago, my son started having "lightning like" pain shooting up and down his spine. He also swears his shins go numb sometimes. He recently had an mri. The report says he has a minimally bulging disc at L4-5 and mild canal and bilateral foraminal stenosis at L4-5.
My question is this: Could a minimally bulging disc and mild stenosis cause the excruciating amount of pain he is in?
He only gets up to play for about 20 minutes before he has to lay or sit back down. He cries in his sleep. This is a child who is very, very used to dealing with pain, but his back is killing him.
He has been referred to a neurosurgeon, but we are still waiting for the appointment.
Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.