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Sciatica Pain 15 Year Old Boy HELP!!!!!

Hello Everyone,

This is my first post on this forum and I think it would be helpful to understand that I'm 15, weight 210 pounds (YES, I am overweight) but I am about 6 feet tall. About one year ago I was sitting in class and felt that my back was just aching with soreness. It was so bad and unbearable. Later that summer, I started my first job, caddying (carrying golf bags). They were heavy and the pain stated to shift to my butt. The pain is in my left leg and starts under my left butt cheek. I can describe the pain as pulling and just general awful pain. When I get up I feel it the most. Getting up from a chair is awful. I do exercise a lot (treadmill, elliptical machine, varsity tennis). I do maintain a healthy diet. But, I can't get rid of this. I stretch every day (my mom has back pain and knows the proper stretches) but that does not help. Have not tried anything else yet though. It is starting to get worse and worse. My family has had a history with back pain. My mom has the same thing as me and is actually currently in the hospital getting EMERGENCY SURGERY to fix her 3 bulged disk. I don't want to end up like my mom. Please help me and reply.



  • Shell2ySShell2y Posts: 80
    edited 12/11/2012 - 10:07 AM
    Hi. Sorry to hear that you are having such a tough time, particularly when your mom is also having problems as well. It's important though that your back problem is properly diagnosed as soon as possible, and preferably you see a spine expert and have a scan. You are young for this, and it may not be as bad as you think and it may not be a lifelong issue like your mom's. A lot of young guys injure their backs, but they recover if it is diagnosed and treated properly,often only with the right amount of rest and exercise. The other really important thing is that you do need to learn how to lift things properly and in a way that doesn't do damage. Because you are tall and strong looking, people will unfairly expect you to lift and carry very heavy things without any issues - but your body and your muscles aren't fully mature yet and you really have to think what you do, and when you do something, use your back and muscles properly. There is probably information on this site about this, as well as lots of others also. One of the important things will be strengthening your core and stomach muscles so that they protect your spine Good luck for both your mum and you
  • Sciatica = Pain. You want the pain to go away and not reoccur. First, I highly recommend getting spinal decompression. It's a machine that stretches you out so the nerve that's being pinched gets relieved. After getting this, avoid sitting as much as possible. If it's painful to stand for a period of time by all means have a seat. Once rested and the pain subsides, stand again until it gets uncomfortable. This is harder than it sounds. Your legs could shake from all the standing but train yourself to do this. If your mobile enough to exercise then do a lot of walking. Avoid uphill and downhill. Try to stay on leveled grounds. Of course losing weight will be an added benefit to take pressure off your back.

    Take an inventory of everything that you seat yourself in and lie down on. Is the sofa sunk in causing bad posture? Is your bed mattress sunk in causing bad sleeping posture? The money you invest now on protecting your back will in the long run save you money and agony.

    Best regards and hope the info helps.
  • Happy to meet you, but sorry about the circumstances. I know it's very scary. I was 16 when I had my first back surgery and it was an awful time and I didn't know what was going on. I had zero back pain, only bad sciatic pain...and i think that's what you have going on. You will need to have an MRI ordered so your doctor has some idea what's wrong. Things like this won't show on an x-ray.

    I'm so sorry this is happening to you at a young age. You seem so very active and it's horrible that you have to ace pain like tis but I hope you get the right answers and start going in the best direction for care.
  • Well the advise of not walking uphill and only on flat ground not even down hill is not going to be easy on a golf course unless you strap the bag around the guys neck you carry the golf bag for and say see ya on the putting green sucker !

    You are correct back issues can be genetic as my mom had back issues always but she was lucky enough never needing surgery other then injection and pt and she is now 77 and doing ok,
    Me on another hand worked construction many years, Worked at a golf course during highschool , loved it of course got to play for free, free golf carts to use while geting drunk puting golf cart in the lake and pulling it out the next day pretending a customer put it there, The good old days !

    Very good chance you can recover but would not hurt to get an mri and see a spine specialist just to make sure its not causing serious damage to the nerve if its a disc,
    If its nothing too serious he will probably recomend pt maybe with injections/ mom usualy had 3 injections before it took along with pt,

    If you can get yourself beter you now know you can likely cause condition to come back if not using good body mechanics,
    Just cause dr might say you have DDD will not mean its serious issue as some believe as many have it and never have spine issues but some will develop issues usualy later in life if disc is over use and abuse,

    I abused my spine working construction never thinking twise i would ever be broken and develop serious issues as i have now, Get it checked out and avoid surgery if posible and use up all alternative treatments,

    That includes sometimes doctors just say give it time and rest instead of trying to work out and exercise and time help heal the disc and go back to where it needs to be and inflammation should subside before starting further work outs,

    Best of luck, Now hand me my 1 iron i want to put this golf ball through my neighbors window !
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • I am now 17 going onto 18. The pain in the back of my left leg never really went away. I ignored it for a while and it seemed to fade away but, all of a sudden, I bent down to pick up a textbook and felt the worst pain in my lower back that I'd ever experienced in my life. I mean I fell to the ground and started gasping. I think I might have had a hernia. Now, the pain in my lower back has went away but the sciatica pain has returned. I've seen my chiropractor and have received adjustments but they don't seem to help much for the days after. I really hate my life right now but will keeping fighting through it. I stretch every day and try to have good posture. Leaving for college next year so I want to get this issue resolved.
  • Hi. Have you had a MRI & seen a specialist? I can name several people (myself included) who share your experience of something minor leading to major pain. All with different causes!! Until you've been properly diagnosed it's anyone's guess. If you have physical damage in your spine the LAST thing you should be doing is getting chiropractor adjustments. I've been told that by every spine specialist I've ever seen, including a chiropractor!
    I know living with pain completely sucks. Both of my parents have experienced spine damage & lots of pain so do I. All 3 of us have had very different experiences. Although spine problems can be inherited it doesn't necessarily mean your spine/pain life will be the same as your Mums. It's best to get a proper diagnosis & go from there. I wasted years, partly because I'd convinced myself 'it would all go away' like it did for my Mum or 'there was nothing much they could do for me anyway', like my Dad.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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