Sadly, back problems always seem to be associated with older people when many young people get them too. I have had severe back problems since the age of 21. Ive been told after many MRI scans over the years that I have 2 prolapsed discs and a possible weakness in a third.Over the space of 3 years I tried all kinds of pain relief medication, 3 epidurals, accupuncture, physio and a pain management clinic but the pain continued to get worse and so did my mobility to the point where I needed a walking stick. Not a great look for a 23 year old!
After meeting with my consultant again and having further MRI scans, I was told that without surgery, my back was so weak there could be problems with its structure. Therefore I decided to go ahead with a microdiscectomy where part of the worst offending disc was removed. At first the surgery looked to be a success but then 6 weeks later I was admitted to hospital again with severe worsening pain. After further tests it became clear that although the offending disc had been removed, my body has a problem where it produces to much excess scar tissue so where the disc once was, new scar tissue was forming putting pressure on my back and causing just as much pain as before!
I am currently waiting to go back to the hospital to find out whats next for me, I have recently tried hydrotherapy which didnt work and have recently begun to use morphine patches in a bid to control the pain.
Obviously at 25, being stuck in bed with pain most of the time isnt how I imagined i would be living my life at this point! I just wondered whether there were people out there with similar problems that I could communicate with to let off steam and compare notes!
Thank you for reading