I'm new to the Spine Health forums, but have been dealing with chronic lumbar pain for nearly 15 years. I'm a 34 year old mother of 2. My life is great, but the pain I deal with on a daily basis steals a lot from me, and, quite frankly, depresses me when I think of the next 60 years of my life.
My primary issues are degenerative disc disease and herniation of L3-S1, which has resulted in bone spurs, retrolisthesis and excruciating mechanical pain. I cannot bend normally, or lift my kids out in front of me. Every sneeze hurts like crazy. I haven’t yet had much nerve pain down my legs, but primarily a deep seeded intense pain at L4-5 and into my right hip and coccyx. The way I manage everyday tasks makes me feel like my back is three times older than the rest of me.
Over the last 15 years I’ve done uncounted rounds of PT, been on oral pain meds, and have had SI-joint injections and epidural steroid injections. All with the general downward trend of accelerated degeneration and increased pain. Yesterday was my first lumbar dicsogram and the last 12 hours have been excruciating. Obviously, my discs are not normal or healthy, and are causing this hell I live in.
Can anyone who’s had similar experiences and/or a discogram give me some advice? Some of the pain that was once a bit more intermittent is now constant 7-10 pain. Will this subside in the coming days, or is this my new reality? I have a follow up with my primary on Monday, but right now I’m living on an ice pack and taking oxy as often as I can. I cannot do this for long.
I used to think that I could avoid surgery, but now I feel like I may need to seriously consider it. I have an identical twin sister who has mirrored my situation, and she had 360-fusion last year, which she describes as a success. However, I saw her suffering immediately and for weeks afterward, and it has frightened me a bit. Yet, conservative care has waned in effectiveness for me, all the while, my pain has been increasing. No matter what my doctor and I decide, it’s going to hurt.
Any advice or comments are appreciated…Thanks for reading..