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Young and in pain

ievaalsiievaals Posts: 2
edited 05/17/2015 - 4:08 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all!

My name is Ieva ( with a capital "i" and NOT an "L") or Eve . I am a 22 year-old student and live in Latvia.

September last year ( 2014) I started getting severe backpain but I was diagnosed in February of 2015 with a 7mm L5-S1 herniated disc. I don't know how I got it, but apparenty it's there. The herniation was discovered in a CAT scan.
Ultimately the level of pain changes - some days I don't feel anything, some days I have agonising pain with every smallest movement. For a while I also had that tingling/stiff feeling in my legs ( as if there was a cramp in both my legs in all their length. you know what I mean). Then at one point it disappeared and things got better, but you never know when you might wake up with that feeling again.

I've visited a surgeon who told me there is no reason for a surgery, had some tests done to see if there is no infection in that area, went to a physical therapist who showed me a few exercises to keep the pain away.
About medication, I only take painkillers when I can't stand it anymore. That is usually once every 2 months or whenever I 've been doing something I shouldn 't do ( like bending over too much, carrying groceries from the store, etc.)

My doctors have forbidden me to do anything really - I am not allowed to bend over, lift anything heavier than 2kg (4.5 lbs) , go ice-skating, ride a bike, run, jump, sit for long, stand for long, wear high heeled shoes, I have to wear a corset. I am going to the pool to swim 2 times every week so it helps a bit.

At the end of the day I'm a confused university student with her whole life ahead of her but who isn 't allowed to/is incapable of doing anything remotely active. I love travelling, riding horses, ice skating....but I am afraid that I will never be able to do that. And I'm afraid to live the rest of my life like this because me or my faily don 't have enough money for a surgery and I've put that off as a last-ditch effort if worse comes to worse. I just want to be able to live and travel like a normal person.

Thanks for reading all that! Hope I can learn a lot from you all and that things will get better for me and you :)


  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    It sounds like your doctors are very invested in helping you care for your spine.
    Are one of your doctors a spinal expert? And or pain management ?

    I know you are young and naturally think of your future. But try not to become too negative or worrisome about it.
    Each day puts enough on your plate without having to add issues that have not yet happened.

    The very best to you

    Spine-Health Moderator
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • ievaalsiievaals Posts: 2
    edited 05/23/2015 - 9:14 AM
    The surgeon was specialising in spine surgery ( he has an xxxx personality though so I wasn't able to ask any questions - whatever I said he took as an offence to his abilities).

    Visited a rehabilitator ( or whatever that is in English - the person taking care of you after you've had surgery to the back or legs and need to, say, learn to walk again). She didn't say anything new though, just made me do a 10-day physical therapy session in August.

    Also, ever since I got this herniated disc, i've been getting tension in my shoulders and neck that makes me get massive headaches. Went to a therapist to get massages. Was ok for 2 months and now it's back. She said I gt the tension because my shoulders try to support the back since my lower back has lost the ability to support al of it.

    One more thing I forgot to mention in the first post - I had a tailbone surgery in 2010 so maybe this herniated disc has something to do with it.
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 05/23/2015 - 9:33 AM
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