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I'm 25! I'm too young for this!

jamie1127jjamie1127 Posts: 1
edited 07/22/2015 - 3:23 AM in New Member Introductions
I thought I would join here because people can relate to what is going on with me. I've had lower back pain for a few years now but no one ever took me seriously. Well, last September 2014 I took a nasty fall down some concrete stairs and ever since then my back has been horrible, along with sciatica and toe numbness. It took 9 months for me to see a specialist for my back (again because no one believed me I guess and there was nothing on the X-rays). I just received my MRI results this week and I'm really upset by what I read. My dr. only told me about the 3 herniated disc T11, T12 and L1 but did not mention the plethora of other findings. I also have a bulging disc in my L5 area, thoracolumbar levoscoliosis, grade 1 spondylolisthesis and mild faucet anthropathy in my L5 area. I can't help but feel down about this and for being so young. I've only been seeing this PM doctor for a little over a month and he has told me to to start stretching backwards, sleep with a pillow below my butt and to put a neck pillow behind my back when I sit all day at work. The stretching backwards hurts tremendously. He has also given me some pain medicine to help, which is nice to finally have some relief but I just want to get better! Not just mask the problem. The PM place has a full rehabilitation center, including a swimming pool and PT so I'm hoping when I see him next month I can ask him what else we can possibly do. He hasn't discussed much with me other than giving me something for my pain relief. Since this is all new to me I'm not sure what to expect or what to do next. I don't know if its just a waiting game now for the herniations to recede? I'm just feeling sort of lost and decided to start here. Thank you!


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Glad you found Spine health but sorry for the pain that brought you here.
    I think you'll find you are not alone!

    I think it's good you're seeing Pain Management doctor.
    PM doctor may be offering advice for comfort, but something that works for one person can be hurtful to another.
    For me, if I'm doing something causing pain, I stop it.
    Unless it is something doctor said, " this will hurt, but do it anyway". Personally, I've never heard a doctor say that.

    When you see your PM doctor, please tell him re pillow situation and stretching backwards, when you mention your other symptoms.

    You said you don't want the pain masked. Usually the pain medication just takes the edge off. I am always still aware of the pain. Let doctor know how meds are effecting you. It can be trial and try again.

    You've only started with your PM doctor and things do take time.
    I think it's always good to bring all your questions to doctor, also....such as you said you're not sure about herniations receding.

    There is a __ search __on this site, upper right on page. Type in your concerns and you may be led to older posts, articles, and or videos. Sometimes when I search I find I have more questions.
    I may continue to search and or write down my questions for doctor.

    Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
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  • Hi & welcome Jamie. I was 'fortunate' (horrible word choice) I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis as a very young teenager so specialists have never doubted me. It must be so frustrating. I've seen a lot of different docs in my life. A lot of the things they do are as much diagnostic as anything else. It's REALLY important to tell your PM if something hurts & you can't do it. That teaches him things. In my experience they take it slow...I know a month between appointments can seem like an eternity but if he started you on all the meds, procedures & therapies at the same time it would be impossible to know what's helping & what's making things worse. Diagnosing & treating spine problems is so complicated & takes a frustratingly long time. You're in the right place! I started at a specialist clinic that had everything from board certified spine surgeons too physical therapists. They all worked together & I think that's a great approach.
    Please let us know how you get on. I keep a note book of questions & concerns to make my appointments more productive. It's important for your doc to know how different things effect your pain. Even little things like sleeping with a pillow in different positions can help them make informed decisions about what to try next.

    I look forward to seeing you on the forums.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    It is very unfortunate, but Spinal and Joint problems do not discriminate in regards to age.
    You can never be too young or too old to experience some of those problems.

    Take a look at Young with Spinal Problems - Blessing or a Curse?
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • I wish there was such a thing as too young for chronic pain and I know how it feels to be treated differently. I was 23 when I herniated my first disc and started pain management. I was fortunate that my caudal epidural combined with my age and being very physically fit at the time allowed me to live nearly pain free for 3 years after the epidural because I was able to exercise (mostly yoga) and I was a landscaper. A few years later when I started a sedentary job my pain worsened and I was unable to work for a while. Then I tried to return to work, took a factory job leaning over a lot and I herniated a couple more discs. If I had it to do all over again I would have never stopped doing yoga daily. Now I have herniations in every spinal region because I have DDD and other stuff, but I have found physical therapy to be my best friend especially water therapy. I have been told so many times that if it hurts don't do it so don't be afraid to call your PM and ask questions. For me personally if I don't DO I fall apart harder and faster, but every body is different and only you know how you feel so trust yourself. I hope you let your PM know what's going on like English girl said and I hope you find therapies that work for you. If your PM is not managing your pain it's time for a change.
    Multiple herniated,  DDD, Osteoarthritis(entire spine), SI joint dysfunction. Fibromyalgia. CMPS w/ TrPs. Ulcerative Interstitial Cystitis (AKA Painful Bladder Syndrome). Chronic Headaches/migraines-mostly cervicogenic. Raynaud's Sndrome. OSA on CPAP. Osteopenia. Depression and GAD, hmmm I wonder why  :p Eternal Optimist & Goofball ...Still Hanging in there after13 years.

  • I think everyone made really good points. I want to reiterate and strongly suggest that you stop stretching and/or bending backward if it hurts you. And yes absolutely tell your PM that idea isn't good and try to work forward with him. I have L5 spondylolisthesis too, and am also 25. Bending backward is an awful awful motion for me even though it would be nice for some unhappy muscles.

    You will find a way but it is always slow going. Learn your body and figure out what you need to feel 'ok' and what to avoid. There is no quick fix and that is hard to accept but it will help you make good decisions if you can come to terms with that. Don't rush in to surgery without weighing your options and get as much information as you can. Wish you well.
    Grade I Spondylolisthesis L5-S1, bilateral pars issues
    Mild Scoliois double curve
    Arthritic activity in SI area and L5 through L3
    Chronic headache
    Nerve pain
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