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Too young and in too much pain.

clancycatscclancycats Posts: 1
edited 05/05/2015 - 5:28 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hello guys, I am new here. I came here hoping I could get some info.

I am a 24 year old female with no history of any sort of accidents. Back in August, I had some huge back pain that came out of nowhere. Just woke up, walked to the couch, and before I know it, I am on the floor arching my back, crying as if I had lost a limb. A few weeks later, I was hit with a double whammy that sent me to the hospital, finding out there were kidney stones, and bilateral facetal fractures located on L5 and S1. I have no clue where on those the actual breaks are or how significant.

I am concerned about it because I still have pain today. I am trying to get a specialist to take a look, but my regular doctor doesn't seem too concerned about the spine, just prescribing painkillers and muscle relaxers for it.

I have been going to the gym, and I feel just fine while working out. But tonight, as I am just standing in the kitchen making my dinner, I had another huge wave of back pain. I usually get the pain when I am carrying heavy stuff, but now it can happen when carrying small items, like my laptop, or my cat. The pain gets so bad sometimes, I can feel it radiate up my back and down my legs, and sometimes, I feel a sudden urge to go to the bathroom (which I have heard could be from the stones or the back. Hard to tell.)

So pretty much, I want to ask, exactly what does "Bilateral Facetal Fractures" means. Does it mean its on both sides of the bone? Is it just on the surface? Whatever it is, it's super painful. Also, what can I do for now? I have a brace, but it isn't very rigid, also doesn't go low enough, really. I feel like I am at a loss since there isn't much I can do.

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  • I am very surprised that your GP did not urge you to go to visit physiatrist because there are exact medical exercises plus swimming that can be done in order to improve the strength of the muscles (its the natural "brace") and help your spine to be flexible. Its good you go to the gym but with no knowledge about what you are allowed to do so or not, you are in danger that with some exercises, especially those including lifting some stuff, your condition gets much worse. Not every exercise is appropriate for serious spine condition. The pain you mention and radiating to the leg, indicates sciatica issue and urge to go to the bathroom can be very serious sign. You have to insist before your GP to visit specialist and if she/he does not want to listen you just change it if possible or go to the ER when feeling much of the pain. These kind of stuff can be treated well and many nasty things prevented if treated in time!
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