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Severe sudden pain

ANewLevel091AANewLevel091 Posts: 1
edited 11/19/2014 - 10:49 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone I am new to the forum..I have been coming here reading other stuff but this is my first time posting. I apologize if I am doing this wrong I just need some help. I am 20 years old and have DDD, I have had 4 lumbar surgeries including an L4-5 fusion...all before I was even 18. I experience chronic chronic chronic low back pain everyday..the surgery just made everything worse. On top of that I also experience chronic nerve pain in my feet. For the past two years I have had to live with this disgusting pain..I do not get any pain meds because I'm so young doctors just assume I'm looking to get high...I have learned to try and cope with the pain but two days ago I was taking out some heavy trash while cleaning house and was hit with the worst pain I have had since waking up from my spinal fusion. I can barley walk and it feels like there are knifes in my surgery site and now tail bone. The best way to explain the pain is if you have ever gotten a dead leg or charley horse..but in my low back. I have never had pain like this radiating down both legs.


  • 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
  • waynashawnwaynashawn Posts: 3
    edited 11/25/2014 - 4:41 AM
    I have a doctor that have help me so much with my chronic pain and i am now fine
  • Ugh! I'm so sorry. I've had osteoarthritis & DDD from a young age. For some of us it's not 'normal' wear & tear. We have to play the cards we've been dealt & that sucks sometimes doesn't it? I should nag you about limitations & restrictions & all the stuff we shouldn't be doing & all the ways to lift & carry properly but I haven't lived a perfect life. I know what it's like to need to get stuff done & just doing it for better or worse. Try to learn from this though. I've always hated being told I'm not 'normal' & can't do 'normal' things without hurting myself. Ugh!!

    What specialists are you seeing lately, just your GP? When were your last diagnostic tests? Do you take any meds at all? What else do you do to manage your pain or do you just 'live with it'? For tonight use your tricks...ice, heat, hot Epsom salt bath but I'd see your doc tomorrow. It could be worth seeing a board certified spine surgeon again, preferably a new one (I believe in second opinions) & getting a new MRI if you haven't had one for a while.
    Age should have nothing to do with your care but I'm a realist. At some point you become the correct 'secret age' & pain management changes in my experience. I use what's commonly called 'Ketamine cream' it's a prescription compounded cream that contains ketamine & lidocaine to numb & muscle relaxants & nerve meds. That could be worth asking about. Most GPs have never thought of compounded meds. It's more of a pain management thing. It took a few changes for me, adding a little more of this & that but it helps me. I need to use it regularly for it to build up in my system. It's not a quick fix thing.
    If diagnostics show this is a flare & not damage then trigger (pressure) point shots could help calm it down. I like the Botox & steroids ones best, they last longer. Pain management is changing. There could be new things to try.
    With lumbar damage my SI joint is now really messed-up. I recently had diagnostic shots & was surprised by how much pain it was generating. The steroids helped for a short while. I don't know where I'm going with that at the moment. Sometimes it's better to chase diagnosis & treatment again. Just living with it isn't a good idea for too long. My spine has changed a lot over the years & new things cause new pain...sometimes it's pain that can be eliminated with conservative things.

    Best of luck. Let us know what your doc says. I can't start to guess what could be going on with your spine. I hope it's a flare that can be managed...I hope this leads you to a better specialist & better pain control ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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