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New member with T8-T11 disc issues and degeneration.

KelsiedeeKKelsiedee Posts: 32
edited 12/23/2014 - 6:05 AM in New Member Introductions
I'm really excited to meet you all and read your stories. Currently, I'm 22 years old, female, living in the United States. Fortunately, I do not have the problems that most members do and I am very lucky for that. However, I am looking forward to having the support and experience of all of you. I recently started pain management after three months of failed physical therapy. In July of this year, I originally started having lower back pain. My PCP suspected kidney problems, I had a sonogram and CT scan which were unremarkable. Following that, I had a thoracic spine X-ray that found possible degeneration. My doctor suggested PT because my insurance company would not pay for an MRI until I attempted PT. I started medications for pain including a low dosage of Norco. Unfortunately, my physical therapist left in October and his replacement was less than stellar. My pain began spreading into my middle back with radiating pain into my shoulder blades. My physical therapist wanted to discharge me because my lower back had gotten better despite knowing the complaints about my upper back. Luckily, my PCP and I have a great relationship. I've been with her my entire life. She ordered an MRI which found protruding discs at the T8 through T11 levels, degeneration, and scoliosis. I was referred to pain management which I just began. I'm already scheduled to begin steroid injections January sixth, but my PM doctor is not too hopeful because they haven't found my 'pain generator' as he calls it. So we decided on a trial and error approach for my injections before exploring other options. But I'm remaining hopeful. Unfortunately, I've gained about thirty pounds because I cannot workout like I used to. My PM and PCP are forever frustrated that they cannot find the cause. I wasn't in an accident and did not suffer any type of trauma. I currently have protruding discs at the T8 through T11 levels, scoliosis, and degeneration in my spine. My original medications aren't really doing the trick anymore so I'm beginning steroid injections in early January. Fingers crossed. Again, I'm excited to be here and look forward to meeting members!

Kelsie

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