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Totally helpless... any advice?

My name is Liz I am 23 years old. Previously very active individual. I am not currently nor have ever been over weight. In April of 2013 I developed 2 slipped discs in L4/5 and L5/S1 I had not had any medical history indicative for such an injury and had no physical trauma to the area. It went undiagnosed for over a month before I was sent in for an MRI. By the time I had that done I had severely pinched my sciatic nerve on the right causing muscle weakness and nerve pain. I ended up having a laminectomy discectomy in the area (both levels) in June of 2013. It was a very long recovery process that entailed me moving back home with my parents. I began working again with light duty retail work in late August 2013 and felt pretty decent until about October where the same symptoms returned beginning with a sharp shooting o pain in my tail bone. When I returned to my surgeon he did a follow up mri showing a recurrent germination in the L4 area. I was told to go to rehab and start physical conditioning work with a focus on core strength. The doctor he referred me to asked me my symptoms and looked at my mri said I needed surgery again ad thus referred me to another surgeon. In January I was seen by said surgeon and he told me I in fact had 3 herniated discs and diagnosed me with degenerative discs. I was told that a fusion would ultimately be necessary but due to my age it's not a probable solution at this point in time. He wanted to get me in asap to clear out l4 again and tried scheduling me. I however ended up cancelling said appointment because I was unsure if surgery was again required. At that point I began seeing about every back specialist in my area who all agreed it was necessary but there was debate over which levels to do (L3 to S1) I finally found someone I trusted and after more conservative treatment including physical therapy, massage, chiropractic, injections, dry needling, anti inflammatory meds, steroids, pain killers, all my options were exhausted and he went in to do a repeat discectomy at l4. This 2nd surgery was in May right before I turned 23. Surgery was out patient I could walk immediately after and was able to return to work after a week. However by the end of June pain returns AGAIN and this time it is in both legs causing burning sensation on the inside of my thigh all around my hip bone muscle cramps and spasms all the way from my si joint into my feet. Right side is still the worst but I'm noticing increased pain in the left as well. After months of complaining he finally ordered another mri and that disc has reherniated for the 2nd time. Keep in mind this is a difference of just over a year. .. I am now showing a 4th buldge in my l2 my l1 is now almost gone as well. I do not understand how my spine can be degenerating so quickly and when I ask any of these doctors they also don't know. I am not a candidate for another discectomy as the 2 I've had both failed. I also show deteriorating in my facet joints and there is narrowing throughout those discs. I've also been told u have stenosis and my nerve is still slightly pinched but they can't tell me if that is causing my leg pain or if my nerves are damaged. Recently I have also had killer spasms in my upper back in between my shoulders. My left arm goes completely numb while laying on my back. I want an mri to show this isn't some other disc that has out of the blue ruptured but I am faced with the docs refusing to order. My surgeon who preformed the 2nd discectomy referred me to a pain clinic who in turn told me my only option right now is a spinal cord stimulator. He also took me off Percocet which was the only thing helping me sleep at night and get any decent rest. I have also been on butrans patches for several months. I have noticed they significantly reduce my pain but I'm still in tons. (I can't tell the difference my butrans makes until I remove the patch) I have no idea what to do right now and I am so depressed and hopeless lately that this will ever get resolved. I know several people with the stimulator and that is not really something I want to get thrown in my body. I'm told the best I can do is hope my back stays stable until a better solution is developed. (Like new disc replacements) I used to be a very active individual, I was in great shape until last year running about 2 miles a day. I can mot go out with my friends anymore and I end up taking a lot of time off work. My pain is too severe to sit stand or walk for extended periods and I am not supposed to be lifting more than 10 lbs plus bending is pretty strictly prohibited. Although I'm still on th pain patch my pills and muscle relaxers were removed about a month ago and I can not even sleep comfortably anymore. The pain clinic I'm currently at has told me at some point I must have had significant trauma for my mri to show what it does now it is comparable to someone with degenerative discs in their 50s. I have no idea who to go to anymore or if there are any other options that are not being exhausted. I would really love to get back to my active lifestyle although I'm told I will never do so. Is anyone else in the same situation my age or older with some insight???


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