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Too Young to feel this old

chris024cchris024 Posts: 1
edited 07/21/2014 - 5:23 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello i am a 34 yr old male i suffer from chronic lower back pain with muscle spasm in my legs and my arms,i found this site and was hoping to mabey share my story so that mabey i could provide more info to my Dr.When my intitial injury or what caused it all to start im not sure. When i was 14 i started working in the gulf of mexico too earn extra money comercial fishing when i turned 18 i started working at our local car dealership as a tech, for years i used impact tools worked in weird position worked over my head , layed under car dashes ect.... about 2 years ago i started having severe lower back pain , i notice a popping noise that you can feel when i stand up and rotate to lean to the left the popping is located on my mid to lower right lumbar muscle only. i cant sleep on my side or stomach due to the pain in my lower lumbar area.i wake up tired lack of energy and my pain is at a 7 out of 10 in the morning that last for about 2 hours or more if i start moving around it drops to about a 3 or 4. while i am typing this my hands are tingling . if i drive for more than 30 min my hands go numb and my lower back is on fire, also my muscles around my knee and right thigh jump. i have had a MRI done with no contrast results showed L3 L4 L5 minimum disc bulg with small protusion and straighting of lumbar lordosis .The pain causes me to stay mad all the time and i get agrevated easily with my wife and kids.the dr put me on baclofen and gabapentin , it eases the pain however my muscle spasm are still there . i feel as if the pain has taking over my life. is there something the Dr is missing ,sometimes the slightest injury hurts really bad , or more than it should.i have no energy anymore and my mood is not helping my relation ship with my familly.the last Dr i saw told me to just stretch and all he could give me was steroids. i am not looking for drugs just relief from the chronic pain and lack of energy or lack of give a EDITED for that matter.Just fix me! , so i can get back out there and be productive. please forgive my grammer or lack of , i just want to know why i hurt so bad, why does my muscle in my lower right lumbar pop{it feels like a long rope popping just right of my back bone} the pain shoots from my lumbar down to my hips and legs and the muscle spasms .

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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,874
    You will find so many here that started 15 or more years before you and have gone through so much.

    My first question is what is your doctors recommendation? I didn't see anything about surgery, and that is a good thing. Sound like through a set of conservative actions you might be able to get this all under control. It doesnt happen overnight.
    For many ESI (Epidural Spinal Injections - Steroids) can help so much.

    But the bottom line, you should keep in line with what your doctor is recommending. If at any time, you feel they are not meeting with your expectations, discuss it with them to understand why. So very often, we read about patients talking about their pain levels and need for more, but when discussed with the doctor, we understand why the current treatment is more than adequate.

    But that is something only for you and your doctor to known and understand
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • LC84LLC84 Posts: 599
    edited 07/15/2014 - 6:44 AM
    You could ask to be referred to a spine specialist to have another pair of eyes evaluate your MRI. Based on what is seen the specialist can refer you elsewhere if needed for more conservative treatments. Pain Management Specialists can be helpful with providing alternative treatment options. If you're not getting anywhere and the pain is persistent, then I would ask your Dr what to do next and if you could benefit from being referred to a specialist.
    Progressive DDD
    Chronic S1 Radiculopathy
    Discectomy L5-S1 2002
    Discectomy, Laminotomy/Foraminotomy L3-S1 January 2014
    Bilateral SI Joint Fusion and 2 level spinal Fusion October 2014
  • What kind of doctor are you currently seeing? I went to a large spine clinic for many years. They had all kinds of different specialists on staff. There are many procedures & therapies available to manage your pain. They had a chronic pain psychologist (nothing like a regular therapist) she was great at helping me develop very practicle coping strategies to deal with different aspects of my pain life. The best thing was the 'team' aspect. My pain management doctor would review the reports from the different specialists. It focused his attention on getting me functioning again.

    Living with chronic pain is a huge adjustment in our lives. It took me a very long time to accept that no-one could just "Fix Me!". Sometimes they can but it doesn't sound like the situation you're in. I'm so sorry. It was a monumental blow for me. I got very angry & frustrated, then I got very depressed. Eventually I had to dig myself out & move on with my life. Part of it is accepting that there will always be pain & finding ways to keep it at a manageable level as often as possible. Finding the right doctor to develop the right action plan for me was the most important step.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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