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Is it possible for a 16 year old to have a slipped disk?!

I'm a 16 year old girl soon to be 17. 3 years ago I experienced lower back pain I just ignored it because I thought that it's impossible for a 14 year old to have any spine problem, it was on and off kind of pain but now it's impossible to ignore. 3 weeks ago a sudden jolt in my upper back startled me I couldn't move or even breath it hurt too much. And now I can't even walk straight my legs hurt most of the time and I can't sit or stand or even lay down without feeling numbness in both of my legs. I can't even sneeze or cough without feeling pain in my upper/middle back, I can't even left anything without feeling pain in my lower back, if I bend down I can't get up straight. I just feel like I'm too young for this kind of pain, I've been to the ER and I was told to go to a Neurosurgeon but the word surgeon freaks me out. So now I'm asking for advice what should I do? Medicine doesn't help and heat and ice don't work too.


  • I would go see the surgeon because that is what was recommended. Just because you were referred to a surgeon doesn't mean you need surgery. There are many other conservative treatments you can try like PT, injections, chiropractic, RFA, etc. Most insuraces don't approve surgery unless you have tried everything else first The last thing you want is for this to bother you for years or for it to get worse. Have you had any testing done like xrays or an MRI? An MRI would give a more exact cause of what is causing your pain. Ultimately it is going to be the decision of you (and your parents) if you need/want surgery.

    In the mean time, keep using this site. There are many good resources for you to use and many experiences you can read about, both good and bad. There are also many younger users that are also on the site. Right now just focus on feeling better and getting a definitive diagnosis.

    Fell free to PM me if you would like to. I can try to help you with research, etc. I can also tell you my story.

    Single level L5/S1 360 fusion with 6 screws and a rod (10/29/12)
    Diagnosis: Grade 1-2 spondylolithesis, Pars Defect, L5/S1 disc tear anterior and posterior, DDD, spinal stenosis
  • My son was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis when he was in 4th grade. It's just grade 1, and hopefully that's all it will ever be, but it is definitely possible for teenagers to have spondylolisthesis and complications from that.

    Don't worry about the word "surgeon". It doesn't mean you have to have surgery! It just means a specialist. You don't have to see a surgeon though. You could see an orthopedic doctor. He can do x-rays and MRIs and give you a diagnosis. There are pediatric orthopedic doctors all over the place! Chin up and good luck
  • People can be born with spine conditions of course, Scoliosis and many other issues from birth, Only a specialist can sort out what the issue is, My best friends litle girl was born with spine condition and had surgery at very young age so hopefuly she dont have more serious issues later on in life,

    So even if surgery is needed its faster healing for person at very young age as bones are still maturing not like us old people where our bones are old and we are no longer growing, i think we are shrinking and becoming litle people and joining the circus as we chase each around with a plastic bat hiting each other in the head making each other even shorter,
    So if anyone tells you old people are smarter now you know they are liers, Lol. Good luck
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I don't have any advise to add, just wanted to say I love the name. My boys and I have been on a HP marathon the past few days, watching deathly hollow 2 right now.
  • I can't offer up any better advise then you have been given, but please know that I will be praying that your parents get you to the doctors very soon so you can start feeling better. Why have they been waiting?
    I have Ankolysing Spondylits, Ulcerative Colitis, DDD and a bit of OA to make things fun. Most of my problems are due to inflation of many joints, tendons and ligaments. I see a GP, a Rheumatologest, an orthopedic Dr and a wonderful PM.
  • I just got my MRI results back yesterday and it turns out the pain I have been feeling in my back is a hernated disc at l5 s1 and on too of that I have been weightlifting for years and I'm only 16 but I will push through and ik somehow you can too
  • http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/welcome-spine-health-how-get-started

    You really need to be extra careful with weight lifting if you do have a herniated disc. Pushing through muscle injuries is one thing, but a herniated disc is another.....have you seen a surgeon yet since you had the MRI? What does he recommend as far as treatment goes? This doesn't necessarily mean surgery, but you really do need to discuss the MRI with a surgeon who can give you the best advice on how to treat it....Herniated discs can be minor or major and can effect other areas of your body so it is important to get proper medical advice to come up with the best plan to treat it.



  • MikiBrownMMikiBrown Posts: 1
    edited 10/03/2015 - 3:30 AM
    I am a 14 year old boy and I have recently slipped one of my lower spinal discs, I also thought it would just go away so I ignored it, but after playing soccer for a state team, one game I felt a click in my back and I felt a intense pain, I continued playing to the best of my ability but after half time it was hurting that bad I went and to lay down and i couldn't get back up without help, I got help and I went and played again and scored one goal to keep my team in the comp, but the pain is intense and once my adrenaline stopped I could even walk without almost falling, but after months of meetings with a chiropractor my back doesn't hurt as bad, but I do have permanent ligament damage in the lower part of my back were the disc tore the ligaments in my back, but now I'm back to playing and I am better then ever! Hope this helps
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