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23 and don't know what to do

Chris23CChris23 Posts: 2
edited 09/28/2015 - 9:37 AM in Chronic Pain
Hi I'm 23 and had a car wreck 6 years ago been dealing with pain for 6 years but I woke up one day with severe pain in my back and it was traveling down my back in to my bottom, down my thighs in to both my legs and feet finally stopping right before my toes.So I went to the er the first time they told me it was muscle spasms to go home an rest my back it didn't get any better after 3 days so I went back to the er ( at this time I can bearly walk the pain is so bad and both my legs below the knees are numb now) so they order a ct scan and they told me that I have mutilayer Degenerative disc disease from extending From L2-L3 to L5-s1 with the greatest at L2-L3 with at least mild spinal stenosis and bilateral neural foraminal narrowing. They say there is mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing at L4-L5. They also say I have bilateral par interarticurler is defects they sent me to a spine specialist and he ordered a mri last week (so I've been in severe pain this whole time witch is constant pain that won't go away) I got my results back on the mri it shows every thing the ct San showed plus it shows 3 posterior bulgeing disc one is at L2-L3 with posterior disc osteophye complex and bilateral facet arthropathy and L4-L5 shows mild posterior disc bulge with associated mild bilateral facet hypertrophy producing mild to moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing . The questions I'm wanting to know am I going to need surgery , am I going to be able to go back to work I work for utilities company water and sewer I lift any were form 10 lbs to 150 lbs and run a weed Eater 8 hours a day or do I need to apply for disability and how may people have all that I have at this age I have to take pain medication just to be able to move around and finally how bad would u rate my back 1 being good and 10 being bad oh and if need surgery would it likely be spinal fusion? ? Please help I'm lost

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  • Hey man, in the same boat. I'm 25 years old, car accident was 4 years ago, degenerative discs (cervical), depression, and out of options. I used to be an athlete, lift weights, run marathons, and swim. Now I can't do any of that. What type of doctors have you seen so far? I have struggled with my job (almost no psychical requirements since I worked at a call center). I strongly advise you look up the Americans with Disabilities Act because it sounds like you want to keep doing your job but your body/pain is getting in the way. Your work may be able to offer you a different position with less or no physical aspects (depending upon what you are able to do). For doctors, you should research and check with your insurance coverage to find a neurologist along with a doctor specializing in spine health. Also, pain management is another option since you are in so much pain. Physical therapy is a huge important step to take. If you do go see a surgeon, request or ask about trying physical therapy first to see if you can strengthen and decrease some of the pain that way. I do take pain medications, however I have struggled with family and friends constantly telling me to get off the pain meds because of my friends and family only see them as bad and not something that helps me function and not curl in a ball of pain. I currently am applying for disability since I can no long work 9-5 hour days because of the pain, migraines, and depression. I tried work from home and still was not able to competently do my work. Ask many questions.
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  • Hey sorry your in the same boat I did go to a neurosurgeon the other day he when back over my mri he said he thinks he found the problem that's giving me u know what he said they missed the two brakes on each side of my facet joint that letting my spine to move how it wants to he told me it's not an emergency operation ( ask him if we do nothing will it cause more damage he couldn't give me an answer) he put me on neurotic 600 mg and celecoxib 200 mg so I'm going to try that he want cortisone shot done he did say I would have to have a spinal fusion at L so so I just don't under stand why put me in a back brace and wait
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