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19 with Spinal Stenosis and Herniated Disc

I know I'm not the only young adult out there dealing with a herniated disc and lumbar spinal stenosis. I was just wondering what some of you (under 25) did to relieve your pain. I am seriously considering surgery. I have done PT and tried muscle relaxers and anitinflamtories, with no results. This is horrible, my daily life is becoming a pain (literally) which is why I'm considering the surgery. I do not want to grow older, have a family and not be able to do the things I want to do. It is very important to me to live a life without pain. I had no previous injury, I honestly just woke up one more and felt like I aged 60 years. I just want to know how others in my position handled this.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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  • joe_pilot148jjoe_pilot148 Posts: 25
    edited 04/18/2013 - 1:16 PM
    not sure if you care for my opinion since I am 28, I have a herniated disc. I have done PT, meds it didn't really help. Have you looked into spinal decompression? It has helped my symptoms slightly. I'm in the first week, but feeling better than a week ago. Look it up it might be for you.
  • SneaksSSneaks Posts: 11
    edited 05/25/2013 - 8:49 AM
    My spinal stenosis flared up and was diagnosed when I was 19. You can have epidural to help the pain, didn't work for me though, you can also have an x-stop put in, which I had at 22, or laminectomy which I'm about to have aged 29. Best bet is to get to speak to a consultant.

    Apart from all that, try to stay a active as possible, my home exercise bike is a godsend and when I use it regularly my pain is less, I feel stronger and I'm lighter! (Reminds me I need to start using it again). Also avoid bending and lifting too much, try using a grabber stick for tidying things up off the floor and get someone else to lift things.
  • edited 07/25/2013 - 11:11 AM
    I'm 28, but was diagnosed at 19 and had my first operation at age 20 (2nd at age 26, and 3rd coming soon). Some quick thoughts/questions:

    - is yours cogential? If so, you MUST make sure to make your back a priority for the rest of your life, even after surgery

    - go get an epidural. They typically make you feel worse for a week, but will then do wonders for 6 - 8 weeks.

    - try to get a massage at least twice a month. This will keep the muscles around the spine happy. Consider filling in the missing weeks with accupuncture,

    - bob around in a pool. It loosens gravity's effect on the body and thus decreases pain. Saunas help too.

    - pain sucks. I feel ya!

    Message me if you want to chat!
  • Beth94BBeth94 Posts: 21
    edited 07/28/2013 - 7:50 PM
    I'm 18 and I was injured at 14. I spent 4 years of my life doing failed conservative treatment. I did PT, pain killers, electric stimulation, massage, and epidurals to name a few. None of them worked so I finally had surgery5 weeks ago. I have started to have some pain again but I don't regret the surgery at all. Good luck!!
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