Hi all, I am fairly new to this site. My name is Megan, and I am nineteen years old.
Just as a forewarning, this is going to be a long post, so apologizes in advance.
Just some background information:
In December 2013, I was seventeen, and I was at track practice doing multileveled box jumps, and I am not very light on my feet, and my legs were also exhausted after a grueling workout. I landed on one of the boxes a bit unbalanced, and felt a twinge in my back. It was the worst pain I have ever felt in my entire life, and I was unable to bend even the slightest bit forward. I did not stop, and did not bring my pain to the attention of my coaches, as I was at the height of my high school sports career, and was already working on overcoming a previous shoulder injury. I thought that it was likely a muscle strain or something, and brushed it off. I never received medical attention for this injury, which I deeply regret now. After a month or so, the severe pain subsided, but I was left with a constant ache in my lower back, but nothing debilitating or warranting a doctors visit. About a year later, December 2014, I decided that I wanted to get back into shape, and started hitting the gym regularly. After regular visits to the gym, I started feeling a worse pain in my lower back, accompanied my intermittent leg pain. I had a physical with my GP in mid-February, and she was the first physician that I informed about my back pain. She seemed fairly concerned, especially because it has been well over a year, and with me being fairly young. She referred me to an orthopedist.
X-Rays confirmed that I had spondylosis (likely caused by the box jumps) that resulted in spondylolisthesis (as a result of the rowing at the gym recently).
I currently have moderate pain, made worse by prolonged periods of standing and walking, laying on my stomach or back (especially when I invert my feet) and sometimes even when I sit for long periods of time, like school, in a stiff chair. Leg pain is also present occasionally, but not nearly as bad as the back pain. The X-rays revealed that it was a grade 1 (I'm not sure though, as my x-rays were apparently incorrectly taken) I have been in physical therapy for three weeks or so, with no improvement yet. I go back to see my orthopedist in two weeks.
One major concern of mine is that I am currently in school studying nursing, and I am well aware that nurses at very prone to back injuries on the job, and I am in much pain when I spend a lot of time on my feet. I am also a very active person, so I am concerned that I am only nineteen, and already suffering from a back injury.
I'm not sure entirely the purpose of posting this. I would love to hear from people with similar injuries, and how they are doing with what type of treatment. I'm sorry if all of this seems like a rant, I'm very frustrated, but I don't want your pity. It stinks that we are all facing a spine injury
Well, thank you all for reading my life story, and I hope you all have a great weekend.