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10 ruptured discs

kevinlevi13kkevinlevi13 Posts: 4
edited 11/24/2014 - 8:50 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello I am an 18 year old guy who has had back pain for years. I have always complained here and there but never was much of one to complain. I was diagnosed with a small curvature of the spine only about 16 degrees. That was when i was 14. Since then ive hadd several "minor" back related injurys. one time doing a medium amount of weight on squats i felt an exruciating pain in my middle back but after a couple weeks felt no need to see a doctor for the pain wasnt nearly as bad but still there. Recently ive been having worsening pain in my back which tends to spread to myleft leg as the pain increases. usure why i was having these pains, I requested an appointment with a specialist xxxx (3rd time seeing him). he orded xrays and found my curvature had remained the same but that i had experienced compression of the discs in my lower back. then he preceeded to oreder an MRI. The results have brought me down some because im the type of person who wants to be able to do it all and live my life to the fullest. anywyas the results showed that i had 10 ruptured discs. im 18 years old and have 10 ruptured discs.. pain is always a factor and is steadyly changing the way i do some of my everyday activities. i am suppoed to recieve some sorrt of back brace and get physical therapy but after having this pain all these years, i dont know if its going to be getting any better. the pain is continuing to get worse and i am starting to become a little depressed about the whole thing. i dont know what will happen or if ill get better or not. if you have any answers, advise or suggestions id be more than grateful to receive your input.
Constant Pain


  • 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
  • NSNNS Posts: 3
    edited 11/25/2014 - 5:48 AM
    It may be worth getting another Scan and an opinion preferably.
    Hope this is of help to some of the members in the forum
  • I have lived with spinal pain, cervical and lumbar with S1 compromise for just more than 30 years! Have had a series of automobile and bus accidents to compound these, as well.
    Having gone through a number of spinal surgeries, nerve-root blocks, bilateral injections on either side of the spine and the usual physios and alternative medical therapies and procedures, all I can say is that the foremost point to remember is that you need to Stay Positive despite the opiates, steroids, ant-iimflamattories and normal pain killers!
    Not easy, but Stay Positive as depression and any signs of weakness in your determination, negates the efficacy of the medication a lot.
    Try distraction therapies such as following your hobbies which need you to focus on them and such as these have helped me a lot!
    Wish you all well.
  • I know you and everyone here certainly didn't ask for any of this so you have my sympathy. I do know that spines are special and you're going to want the most of it for a long time. Go to good recommended physio and wear those exercises for your life. Ask them how to, and make notes on hoe to live. How to bend how to do things that matter to you safely and keep practicing to keep strong and have good memory of the best form.
    Pain management should be discussed with your doctor. Bring them the full details on how you feel and which movements hurt most. Tell them how you sleep and ask and keep asking. One thing you must know if you don't now is to be your own best advocate. If it's not getting better... Keep pushing. If you don't feel like trusting one, get a second (or more) opinions. Look at your work and how things could change there. Nobody but you knows how it feels and would like to feel normal again. I think you will heed your body and use this for your betterment.. And I wish you well in your journey.
  • Thank you for caring.. People don't understand why I complain or tend to reject certain activities. I am realizing that I will just have to make some changes in my life in order to cope with the daily pain I go through. I am supposed to get a back brace tomorrow and start pt so I'm hoping I see some results in pain relief. I haven't askes this yet because I'm not sure I want to know the answer but how long will I be able to do most activities? I tend to avoid things more often now but will it get to a point to where I avoid everything? And if I get to this point what can be done to 10 ruptured disk to actually improve the problem?
    Constant Pain
  • What do you mean exactly by the term you are using "ruptured" discs? What were the terms used to describe the damage to the discs in the report on the MRI? There are many terms that are out there used to describe what is wrong with a disc or discs and often, their meanings may not be explained fully to a patient. Rupture implies that the disc exploded and the material inside the discs has disappeared, but that would be highly unusual , especially for someone your age and even that many herniations would be highly unusual as well, unless you were heavily involved in sports that caused a lot of trauma to your spine.
    I think that your first step is to get a clear explanation of your correct diagnosis, and then discuss treatment options with your doctor. It just doesn't sound like your doctor explained anything to you very clearly.
    As far as what activities you may be able to do or not do, depends on the actual diagnosis and what it shows. Are you seeing a surgeon for this or what type of doctor are you seeing?
  • kevinlevi13kkevinlevi13 Posts: 4
    edited 11/26/2014 - 6:29 AM
    I am fairly unfamiliar with all the different terms that would specify my injury. From my appointment all I found out was that I have Sherman's disease which he briefly explained to me, then he said I had 10 ruptured disks. The gel on the inside of the disks didn't penetrate though the side ligament on my spine but it went into the vertebrae. I don't know if they were all like this or not but I agree that he did not clerify all that I was inquiring to know.
    Constant Pain
  • Is that what he called it? I would strongly suggest that when you return for your follow up, that you bring a notebook or tablet and write down what he tells you, and ask for a copy of the report with the terms explained to you.
    You need to know what exactly is wrong, what treatment options there are, the risks and advantages of each of them, and I would also encourage you to get a second opinion on anything he tells you.
    The terminology is difficult to get to understand, but once you do, you can educate yourself on your condition, the treatments recommended and then make decisions based on knowledge that you acquire.
  • kevinlevi13kkevinlevi13 Posts: 4
    edited 12/04/2014 - 7:39 PM
    HISTORYNDICATION: Scheuermann's disease. Back pain COMPARISON: None.
    TECHNIQUE: Scans of the lumbar spine are performed in the sagittal and transaxial planes using T1, fast T2, STIR protocols prior to and spin-echo and enhanced scan following 15 cc of OptiMARK.
    FINDINGS: Normal marrow intensity is seen. No fracture is present in the lumbar spine. Endplate irregularity with Schmor's node formation is seen from T11-12 through L4-5 inclusive sparing L2-3 only. There is significant disc dehydration both at L3-4 and L4-5 indicating more advanced disc degeneration. The L5-S1 disc and facets are hypoplastic.
    The disc annulus margins at T11-12 and T12-L1 show 1 mm diameter midline disc bulge without neural compromise. Caudal margin of spinal cord is intact and terminates at T12-L1.
    At L1-2 and L2-3, the disc annulus, central canal and foramina are normal.
    At L3-4, a 3 mm diameter circumferential disc bulge is seen with intact central canal and foramina. Facet joints are normal.
    At L4-5, a 4 mm diameter circumferential disc bulge is seen with intact central canal and foramina.
    At L5-S1, the L5 segment is partially sacralized with hypoplastic normal disc and hypoplastic facets. The central canal and foramina are normal.
    With administration of gadolinium, normal intravascular enhancement occurs. No
    Constant Pain
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 12/05/2014 - 8:06 AM
    No one is qualified nor permitted to comment on your MRI findings. When I suggested that you follow up with your surgeon and consult with at least one other, I would still suggest that. I don't know where you got the idea that you have 10 ruptured discs but I think that you may find that your following up with, and asking for explanation of your actual condition, and consulting with other surgeons may give you a clearer picture than what you currently believe is going on...
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