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peachy2121ppeachy2121 Posts: 1
edited 02/17/2015 - 8:18 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
First time using the forums.
I am 24 y/o female who had L4/L5 discectomy surgery in the summer of 2013 due to slipping and falling playing basketball. The surgery was considered a failed back surgery since my chronic pain problem was not solved and it only got worse. In January of 2014 they rescanned my back and found another bulge in the same area. After seeing two other surgeons neither mentioned the bulge and only advised continued pain management. Both doctors also advised strongly against fusion due to my young age. 10 months after my most recent scan my pain management was the one who notified me of the new disc bulge. I am currently getting facet injections for the bone spurs and arthritis build up that is already occurring. I am taking topamax which relieves my nerve pain, however, my back pain is still miserable. I am chronically fatigued and just wanting to get back to normal.
I do exercise 4-5 times a week (30min-60min) biking or hiking however my time in doing activities like that is limited since my back pain kicks in pretty quickly.

I have been to many doctors already and am at such a lost at what to do next.
Any one else been in a situation like this?

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It would be very helpful if you could provide us with more details. So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. Isolating spinal problems can almost be like the game of Clue. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong,
Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?
    - Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
    - What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
    - What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
    - What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
    - What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
    - Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
    - Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
    - What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways its like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then its up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 02/17/15 14:18


  • I'm 28 but going through a similar situation right now. I only have back pain but it's intense. My disk in L5-S1 is barely slipped but the pain is incredible -- doctors don't want to operate though because I'm so young. It sucks because it has been a year of worsening symptoms that are becoming debilitating yet I've seen every surgeon in Chicago and they all say the same thing -- fusion would probably help but not worth the risk at my age.

    It's not an enviable position to be in unfortunately. Sorry to hear about it.
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