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New Here ~ Bone on Bone at L4 L5

BecachardBBecachard Posts: 2
edited 06/23/2015 - 2:35 PM in Degenerative Disc Disease
My name is Becca and I have been dealing with multiple chronic back issues for nearly 25 years. I have 3 teenage boys, 14, 16, 18. My husband is retiring from the Air Force in August. I was offered surgery at age 23 to repair a couple of tears and damage to my L4 - L5 and S1. I declined. I was too young and the odds weren't good enough. I had up to that point done physical therapy, occupational therapy, daily exercise, walking, tens stimulation and ice and heat. I probably used motrin for pain but I can't really remember if it ever worked. Fast forward 13 years. The agony has gotten so bad, I've started gaining weight. A lot of weight. Movement has become all but impossible and I need a cane to walk. An mri was ordered and I went to see a neurosurgeon. He came in the room and basically said to me, as I was lying on the exam table because sitting was so painful, he told me that the damage to my back was not bad enough to cause the kind of pain I was in. He ordered hydrotherapy and more regular physical therapy. I was heartbroken. I needed an answer. There had to be something causing g this debilitating pain. I did the hydrotherapy and regular physical therapy and also saw a chiropractor. The chiropractor provided some relief as my SI joint was subluxated. In the three years since that visit, I have joined a gym, walked endless miles, tried various pain killers and muscle relaxers, had 3 SI injections, 3 facets- both sides, 3 epidurals, and 2 rhizotomy. I've tried massage and accupunture. My psychologist keeps telling me to push through the pain! Strengthen my core and it will get better. Now, I'm very aware I'm overweight. I don't need a constant reminder and I know the extra weight doesn't help. In March of 2015 I went to the ER, nearly unable to walk. They shot me up with a cocktail of pain killer, muscle relaxer, and steroid and ordered an MRI. By the next day I was feeling no pain. It was the first time in 20 years I was without pain. Well, it was not to last. I saw a different neurosurgeon this last week and finally!! Some hope. The news was not good but I finally had a reason for my pain. I don't know the actual medical name for it but but between L4 L5 and L5 and S1 I am bone on bone. The two above have pretty serious tears. I will be undergoing a discagram, which I've been informed is extremely unpleasant and I am being scheduled for surgery. I don't have a date yet which is very stressful for me but at least now I have some hope.
Becca ~ DDD, Bone on Bone at L5 S1, original injury 25 years ago...


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