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21 year old son has 2 herniated disc's, sciatica and constant sickness

JoydilliciousJJoydillicious Posts: 1
edited 04/17/2015 - 1:51 AM in Lower Back Pain
I brings me to tears to see all of these posts. My son has been dealing with major pain and physical dysfunction for about 2 years. Every doctor we went to told him to do exercises, lose weight and said he had a "fat pack" where his obvious bulging disc's are. The worst part is he barely eats, he is constantly sick and throws up almost every morning. He has also had intermittent problems with dedicating and urination. He continually tells the doctor and they do nothing. Today he saw a new PCP who was convinced that my son has constipation.... convinced. Prescribed my son Miralax and sent him on his way. My son and I are so frustrated. He has had an MRI which shows that he has L4 and L5 disc issues. I believe there is more going on. How many of you with similar problems deal with sickness? Thank you, in advance, for your comments :)


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  • Hi Joy. I am so sorry to hear how much your child is suffering. Have you tried to see a neurosurgeon? He shuld have all the answers for you. It seems that your child is in pretty bad shape so don't delay it please.
  • I was first diagnosed with osteoarthritis as a young teen. I've always had 'weird turns' associated with pain levels. I go white, drenched with sweat, vomit etc. You've got an MRI showing damage. I'd get a referral to a board certified spine surgeon. Don't be worried I'm not saying that he needs surgery. They're the very best at diagnosing & recommending the correct course of action....which is usually conservative measures.

    Does the MRI show bulging or herniated discs?

    Please don't read these forums & think that he's going to have a life long problem. Many, many people have problems with their back, heal & go on with their lives. It's only pain sufferers that post on forms! you're reading the very worst case scenarios here.
    Physical therapy could be good. It will help him learn how to do things like lifting safely & give him a routine of exercises & stretches that will SAFELY teach him how to maintain a strong core & protect his back in the future.
    I'm so sorry. I'm a Mum & I can imagine how awful this is for you. Try to stay strong & get him to a specialist. GPs aren't the best when it comes to spine problems.
    Just a note - with spine damage please stay away from chiropractors unless a spine specialist (surgeon) tells you it's a good idea. Every specialist I've ever seen has told me to avoid chiropractor adjustments with spine damage.
    Best wishes.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Does he have loss of sensation, numbness in his 'private area'? Any numbness in the saddle (the areas that would come in contact with the saddle if you were riding a horse) region? Urinating or defficating without realizing it? If you answer yes to any of those questions, even slightly, it could be a medical emergency called CES (you can research by searching at the top of the page) you need to see a board certified surgeon NOW!!!
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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