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Help please!

Ive had chronic lower back pain for 2 and half years resulting from a car accident. I had a torn disc and L4/L5 level and a herniated disc at L1 both have healed as scar tissue resulting in nerves growing into the scar tissue resulting immense pain most of the time. I have got permanent nerve damage to my bladder which means i have to wear a sheath and bag. First thing I want to ask is, should i push for surgery on the off chance it gives me some normality even for a few years? Im 23 years old. And the second is earlier today i had a muscle spasm in my leg and after i couldnt physically move my move no matter how hard i tried. Then all of a suddeb it felt like some one let go and i could move it again? Any know what it could be? Thanks in advance.


  • Is there a bladder surgery that you could fix this issue? If so, I'd explore that at length. As far as back pain is concerned, have you had a solid conversation with a good PCP? I'd start there... he/she can get you PT which honestly can reduce back pain incredibly! I know you read on this site where PT didn't work, but just think about how many PTs there are.... they wouldn't still be in buisness!!! It works especially when you approach it with a positive attitude and do all the exercises at home as instructed. There are also lots of other treatments you could try, like aqua therapy, TENS, accupuncture, etc. Seeing a spine specialist might also be a good idea.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Hi ive been doing PT for passed two and half years and continue to do so, ive had acupuncture, steroid injections, hydrotherapy and used a TENS machine im under a spinal specialist at the minute, and said would consider me for surgery if there is no improvement after the back pain programme i am on.
  • Darren, it sounds like you are doing all the right things, starting with a multiple combination of conservative treatments. Unfortunately, it does sound like surgery might come into to play, and I'm sorry. Please remember though that most patients end up with positive experiences, we also learn to adapt and enjoy life. Thinking of you! Keep us updated.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Darren, It sounds like you need a different approach. However, at your age, be very cautious of surgery. In my office, every single patient that had surgery in their 20's, is absolutely miserable with their pain in their 30's and beyond. Recommendations beyond physical therapy... Try to find an office that does Spinal Decompression Therapy. This is very effective at reducing pressure on the nerves from injured discs. Also, find an office that uses Class IV Laser Therapy. This means that you will have to look into going to a Chiropractic office. Just remember, treatment at a chiropractic office will never be more dangerous than cutting your back open.
    If you are looking for an effective way to treat your own back at home, look into Cross-Fix Therapy.

    Good Luck.

    Insanity - Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result
    - Albert Einstein
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