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Bulging, DDD & Narrowing of Spinal Canal at 19.

mjsmmjs Posts: 1
edited 09/30/2014 - 10:15 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
After suffering with back pain for a little over a year with no improvement I've finnaly found out the cause; Degenerative Disc Disease, Herniated discs at L4-L5 & L5-S1 & Narrowing of the Spinal Canal.

I have seen a specialist and he's advised no surgery because of my age but that I will need it in about 5 years time & that I would be lucky to still be working by the time I'm 30 :(

In the meantime he's advised weight loss, backstroke swimming etc in an attempt to reduce the amount of stress on my back, however even if I had zero fat on me I'd still be heavier than average because of my larger build & natural bulk & have already lost 2.5 stone i've also been going to physio for 4-5 weeks now but have had no improvement from it (if anything it's now worse) so I'm struggling to see just how much relief I'd gain from these options but I'll continue doing it (I'll do anything I can to reduce the pain)

The day to day pain is severe with even the simple tasks like pottering about around a supermarket or walking the dog causing me bad back & leg/sciatic pain down & in to my feet in both legs and I have intermittent tingling/pins & needles in my back, legs & saddle area and my last 2 toes on both feet periodically 'fall asleep', My physiotherapist has found that the muscles in both of my thighs are consistently very tight and when she lifts my legs up they fight back/twitch uncontrollably (makes it difficult to climb stairs & get out of chairs) & my neck over the past week or two has started to feel the same.

My medication provides little relief (Tramadol, Naproxen, Acupan & Amitriptyline) and I struggle to do my basic 20 hour a week job (work in a supermarket) so I was just wondering if anybody here that knows what it's like through experience rather than being taught about it has any advice on what to do? Such as what you've found effectively reduces pain etc. What to do about work (I can't live on the wage from 20 hours a week for the rest of my life) and who to speak to in regards to it all etc.

I'm going back to the doctors soon as I need a new prescription so I will speak to them as well in regards to my prognosis but like I said above id really like some advice from people that suffer from the same condition so know from experience what actually helps etc.

Thanks, Matt.


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