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Young Spine Surgery

anewell99aanewell99 Posts: 1
edited 10/01/2015 - 6:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm only 20 years old, but I've been having severe back pain for a year that limits my movement and ability to walk. I've been to three different doctors already (Orthopedist, General Practitioner, and Neurologist) and since I've met with my new Orthopedist, I've been put on Ibuprofen, Co Codamaol, Tramadol, etc. and the only drug that has worked has been an anti-inflammatory called Naproxen. While it works for about 2-3 hours, I often return to the same serious pain within a few hours. I saw my new doctor just a few days ago, who wants me to go back to physical therapy whilst taking Naproxen. I've been in physical therapy before, but the second I stopped (I had to move back to University), it was as if I had never been there and the serious weakness in my leg and pain had returned within a matter of weeks. My doctor at University thinks that if I can't respond effectively to the anti-inflammatory medicine and the physical therapy that I should consult an orthopedic surgeon for a more long lasting option so I can get back to full movement and walking. I'm really young and I'm worried about the implications of having a surgery so young in my life, but I'm also in a tremendous amount of pain on a daily basis. Thoughts on what I should do about my pain?

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Avery Newell


  • I have no opinion on what you should do but I'll make one comment on PT. When you do PT, you actually feel improvement? and then it "goes away" after you stop PT? When you stop going to PT did you also stop the exercises/stretches they taught you? If you stop completely, of course you will not see the benefits, unfortunately I've found that in order for me to be functional, I have had to do the stuff I learned in PT fairly regularly to keep myself out of pain. you don't really say if you continued the exercises or not, so I'm not sure this is helpful. Do you have an actual diagnosis or just pain?
  • IF you get relief from physical therapy in the form of relief that allows you to live a good average life then never stop therapy. WHAT kind of surgery do the docs say you need?
  • Michelle99MMichelle99 Posts: 57
    edited 10/20/2015 - 9:14 PM
    Do you have a diagnosis about what is causing the pain?
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