Hi! I ran across this website after lots and lots of research. I have a 16 year old daughter that's been having back and leg pain since she was 14. We went to several doctors before we finally found one after a year that actually believed that she was in so much pain. She had 2 herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and mild stenosis. The dr said she had the back of a 50 year old man. She went through PT, lots of different meds an 3 sets of epidural injections and had no relief. So the dr finally suggested laser surgery because of her age. So we flew to Houston for laser surgery with North American spine. Everything healed up great and her pain was gone after about 2 months after surgery she was pain free. It's like she was a totally different kid than before. She was so happy and could actually do thing a teenager does. She could walk around the mall and shop again. But 10 months after surgery her symptoms reappeared. Getting worse every day. She had another MRI. The MRI report said
L4-5 Focal superior end plate depression L5 vertebral body, demonstrating T2 high signal, probable reactive Schmorl's node. Broad-based, diffuse posterior disc bulge producing minimal ventral impingement of the thecal sac.
L5-S1 Mild disc height loss with broad-based, diffuse posterior disc bulge.
I need any advice on a child with back problems so young. It's hard to find any information on kids needing back surgery. I also need advice on the MRI report. I'm not really sure what it means and how serious it may be. She doesn't see the dr again for another week and I'm gonna go crazy worrying about it. Any advice or information would be appreciated. Thanks