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beowulf93bbeowulf93 Posts: 2
edited 01/11/2015 - 6:31 PM in Chronic Pain
Good evening. My name is Daniel and I'm 21 years old and recovering from a disc herniation in my l4/l5 region of my spine. I was injured almost two years ago on 07/06/13. Since then I've undergone two surgeries (micro-discectomy), chiropractic therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture therapy, aquatic therapy, psychological therapy, a plethora of narcotics/nerve medications, and am currently involved with a pain management specialist. Six months ago I had my second surgery and still residing mostly in because of the chronic pain. The sciatica runs down both legs and I have a severe foot drop on my right side. All in all it's terribly depressing. None of my peers my age have had anything like this happen to them so it's crazy difficult to talk to them. I find it hard to communicate my pain with someone who doesn't have to feel the constant throb every couple seconds from my lower back to my feet. To get to the point I'm looking for people who suffer from the same type of pain that I do so that the days go by easier because I find that meaningful conversation makes me feel normal again and not so much in isolation. Anyway I hope to meet a lot of new individuals whom I may call my friends. Take care, everybody. :)


  • 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
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    I hope shortly you will start to get posts from many of our younger members. There are so many that have had multiple spinal surgeries and are at the same basic age level you are.

    It is very difficult when you are young and had your first spinal surgery. You know what it does to you physically, but the emotional impact at times can be greater. When the world around you is moving at a fast past, for now, you are moving at a much slower pace.

    But never give up, You may not be at the fastest pace in the world, but with a lot of work, exercise, determination, good attitude and positive outlook, you can be faster than many.
    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
  • Courage! I suffer everyday like you. I'm 57. Lets support each otherd. Best from Paris, France. We're all Charlie!
  • Hey there while I'm not as much of a spring chicken as you, I am still in my twenties though! Just , tomorrow I am 29, lol! But I can relate to you in that you are finding it hard with your peers with what ur going through atm. I am recovering from microdisectomy L5/S1.

    It is depressing but their are positive s you will be mentally n emotionally richer than your seemingly untroubled peers.

    Where are u from.

    Take care
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    Okay, I'm 48 BUT I suffered my initial injury when I was 8 years old so I do remember my 20's with excruciating pain! The difference it seems, is that when I was in my 20's I was told I was drug seeking because we didn't have the same sort of imaging options we have today. No medical professional would believe the amount of pain I was in! Back then I just wanted to die. The pain was intolerable and no one could relate. No internet so the world was much larger with fewer ways for groups of people to find others like them.
    I think the social isolation of pain is one of the worst parts too. Yesterday I had several injections so I know I'm not up to much today but I wish friends would understand that and not assume I am angry or isolating. It's just difficult to relate to others when, as you said, the pain takes up most of your attention.
    Have a positive day!

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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