I am fairly new to all the spine problems and terminology. In the last few months I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine by my board certified orthopedist after he did a MRI. We tried physical therapy, medicine and two injections for pain. I was still having pain so he sent me to a board certified spine specialist who did x-rays of my lumbar spine and noticed all the arthritis. One of the first things he said when he walked into the room when I first met him was "you are to young for this." (I am 41 years old). I replied "yes." Then he said "are you still working?" and again I replied "yes." He said that he does not want to do surgery because I am so young and when if start surgeries it means more surgeries. He suggested trying more injections (this past Wednesday I had two injections between S1/L5 and L5/L4) then if I was still having pain that there is another injection into the si joint. I asked him how bad my back was and he said it was bone on bone and if I was 70 years old he would do surgery.
Last year I was so active and pain free. Since I fell in April I have been in pain, coming home from work in tears. Does it get better? Bone on bone should I worry?
I am having my records sent to a neuroscience center for a second opinion.
degenerative discs, arthritis, sciatica, bursitis, TMJ, and Fibromyalgia
pain and numbness up and down spine. Right leg is numb most of the time. Both legs give out at times.