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Need Advice

AnnegilesAAnnegiles Posts: 4
edited 11/20/2014 - 9:09 AM in Lower Back Pain
Im new to this website and any advice i would appreciate.

I have a 18 year old son who started complaining with back pain in July of this year. His gp treated him at first for muscle spasms then said a disc but to swim exercise and it would gradually settle down. So from July to October the symptoms were not improving and my husband insisted on xrays to be carried out, his xray results showed thoracic/lumbar scoliosis. we then had a mri carried out this week to be informed L3-4 small radial tear... reduced signal and slight loss of height in the L4-5 disc..right posterolateral disc protrusion which impinges on the thecal sac and right descending nerve root.

Moderate scoliosis which the gp suggested could be caused from all above as there had never been any concern during his childhood. There has been no trama or accident. I am just wondering has anyone suffered with anything similar and what options are facing him..

Appreciate any advice as it is very stressful and he has now been referred to a neurosurgeon and put on a waiting list


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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,856
    it seems like your son's situation is moderate.

    But he is young and you want to make sure the condition does not deteriorate. Having him go to a neurosurgeon is a good thing. The most important thing to do at this point is to peel back all the layers and identify what the root cause of the problem is. Then, a treatment plan can be put into place.

    While waiting to see the neurosurgeon, here are some questions you can start to pull together
    40 Questions to ask your surgeon before spinal surgery
    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
  • At present the only know explanation is he had started to wear orthotics over a year ago to help flexation in his feet he has had no trauma or accident to cause the above problems they just presented themselves. Although his dad has degenerative disc disease on multiple levels and nerve problems i doubt if there is a possibility of a condition been heriditry
  • Have you tried physiotherapy? My uncle avoided surgery because someone took care of him and because of a great physiotherapist.

    What activities does your son do to stay active? Is it possible something happened in phys. ed.?
    Did he go on any trips? Perhaps he picked up some heavy luggage?

    Many people never really know what initially caused their back issues. Sometimes it is something obvious like getting into a car accident while other times it is something as tiny as bending down to pick up your pencil.

    Advice: Google Degenerative Disc Disease and learn all you can about it!
  • Tried physio for him but i took him to someone today to try get the muscles and nerves moving and he seemed to have more leg extension so physio again monday. He used to play soccer but quit last year when getting ready to start college he swims now and walks but just woke up one morning complaining
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