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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all...
Hoping to learn more from everyone here! Recently diagnoised with spondylothesis and stenosis in L5, faucet disease in L4 and some bulging/herniated discs, DDD. After bending over to pick up a clothespin and something went "pop". I'm currently doing PT, meds. Doctor says I'm way too young (39) for surgery--I want to put it off as much as possible. I also have reverse curve in my neck with herniated discs and bone spurs. Due to being in pain for many years from my neck, I developed "snapping scapula" disease. Where my scapula rubs against my ribs during movement. I have my neck and shoulder pain under control...finally. My low back drives me nuts. But my legs make me more crazy. I can't walk more than twenty steps without having to rest--it feels like I just ran a marathon. Any suggestions on this?

take care...



  • WOW! You must be one busy lady! I was wondering if you have seen a pain mgmt doctor? It sounds like maybe you could benefit from injections or rhizotomies. I had rhzotomies done about four years ago with pretty good success. It didn't fix the problem permanently, but it did provide me with some relief for awhile.
    Enjoy the forum. There are some great people on here.
  • :) hi and welcome o the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. having pain and 10 children? that is amazing! you should be so proud of yourself! to be in pain and take good care of your responsibilities is quite a feat. good luck and i hope to see you around the forum! Jenny :)
  • Sorry, I was so busy being happy about you having a large family I forgot to add this.. I have L4-L5-S1 fused (it has been almost 20 years now and just in the past year has it really caused pain that won't go away plus herniated L3-L4).
    First, definitely get your pain under control through Pt/shots/meds whatever you need to be able to get through the day. Also, get another opinion. I do agree that putting ooff surgery is optimal, but is your condition causing any permanent damage to your nerves? At a certain point, many have to make a decision, basically how many years can I put ooff surgery. Things to consider though, if surgery would help you are going through years of pain and taking medication. But, also surgery may not get rid of all of the pain. Fusing L4-L5 will not limit much movement and many people have great success, maybe look into an artificial disc. Plus, there are many different surgeries that may help you X-stop, you just have to get on the web and look into them. Progress is being made. One thing I have learned though is that you may be able to get one surgery, but then you wait too long and damage the facet joint or develop other issues and then you cannot have that more minimal surgery. Wish you all the best.
  • Hey, I'm one of nine children and there's a wide range of difference in the ages of the 1st 2 children. They were half brothers and never lived in our household, one only about 2 wks once. But, although most big families are happy ones like ours, I feel really bad for you as a mother having to care for them all. Sometimes just taking care of our grson, age 5 gets hard for us and this is only for the afternoons until his parents get in from work.

    Now, what exactly happened when your back popped; do you know? Mine did the same thing and I haven't had an MRI or miligram since. This happened to me at least 2 or more mos ago?
  • Cindy, Hello and welcome to the forum. I'm sorry for all the pains you're going through. Have you had any injections?
    have you seeked a second opinion yet? What did he/she say?

  • I haven't seen a pain doc as of yet. I've been doing physical therapy twice a week, they want three times but the co-pays are $35 each time. Spine doc wanted me to do PT then will do injection if I don't progress. I do well with PT but then cramp up a muscle every time before I go back. I can't take any asprin based meds due to reactions. I am very active and try to stay that way as much as possible. I am on Cymbalta which I started taking after of our daughter's death due to depression. This has actually done some good for my shoulder and neck areas. I do take a pain med and tylenol as needed. It takes me so much longer to get things done.
    I also use a tens unit, ice and brace. What are rhzotomies?

    take care...
  • Wow... You've had a long haul and lots of kids!. I haven't thought about a second opinion. I do worry about the surgery route. Doc says I would have to have two levels done. My concern would be later after if it would affect my neck area? This doc isn't the one who has dealt with my neck and shoulders--although they are in the same practice. The kicker to all of this is that I was planning on going back to work in August after school starts. Although I have been looking since January. I was working up until Christmas when my company shut down. I can't even fanthom on what type of work I can do. I used to manage restaurants in the past.
  • Big families are awesome. Lots of work but my kiddos really pull through when I need them too. Of course hubby is great too. My back went "pop" while picking up a clothespin off the ground. I felt and heard a snap then burning pain down my left leg. I continued to get through the day and literally I could not walk the next day. I rested for another two days packed in ice and gave up on the third. I went to the spine doc then. My right leg goes numb at times and I trip often. I do okay as long as I don't do much, but that's not the type of life I can settle for. Spine doc at first was just going to send me to "PT for a couple of weeks and you'll be fine." He saw "cymbalta" on my file and made a assumption. He then said he was taking an x-ray to have on file. After the x-ray he came back in and said "tell me what happened again?" He was stunned. My low back does a lot of clicking--but I never thought any thing of it. I hope they can do an MRI on you. To see what had popped.
    take care....
  • hi.. Thanks for the welcome. I haven't had injections on my low back as of yet. I have in the past on my neck and many on my shoulders. Works for a bit. Second opinion, I haven't looked into as of yet.

    take care...
  • to you. 12 Kids? That is just amazing! You must have the patience of a saint. My only suggestion would be if the injections fail maybe a rhizotomy (nerve burn) would help. It did for me. Good luck and please keep us posted.
  • I think a second opinion should be your next step... I have seen 4 specialist before I saw my last fifth one and by then I knew it in my heart that this was it and I finally accepted the idea of the surgery and I'm so glad I had it done.
    Good luck to you..

    Lotus :)
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