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Good afternoon all! I am Stephanie, a 27 year old female. I have been mostly healthy all of my life with a few minor setbacks here and there. Cervical cancer removed in 2000, no sign of it again!!!
I first noticed some pain in my back/legs when I was 17 years old. I thought I might need a new mattress. Got one. It didn't help. Went to the chiro who was definately a doomsayer and said that according to my x-rays I would have back trouble all of my life and would probably not be able to carry a baby to full term without bedrest in 2nd/3rd trimester. I ignored him, went about my teenage business.
At 18 I got married, got pregnant. Experienced severe leg pain during my entire pregnancy. Delivered an exceptionally healthy little girl in 6/00. In 9/00 pain was still extreme and accompanied by partial paralysis and foot drop. I had a discectomy on L5 and felt immediate relief in the leg, not much relief in the back.
Lived with pain for several more years. In 2002 had increased pain, had a nerve block with no success. In 2005 pain worsened again. Diagnosed with DDD, stenosis, herniated disc at L5, bulge at L4 and L3. Also evidence of bone spurs. My ortho at the time wanted to do a laminectomy because of the stenosis but I decided I would live with the pain as long as possible, had a nerve block with a little success.
I did alright for quite some time and even climbed the ruins at Lamanai BZ, CA within the next 6 months.
Within the last year my pain has increased again. I had been drowning it in bourbon and just "dealing" as best I could. Started PT again about 2 months ago and was making great strides in strength in my left side. Woke up one morning and could not stand straight. Sneezing absolutely excrutiating. Decided to have another MRI.
L5-S1 has severe herniation. Doc allowed me to get another injection last Friday and I don't think it has helped at all. He suggests a PLIF and it scares me. More than the pain, inability scares me and I am trying to learn to deal with limits.
I am so thankful for this site, happy to have found you all! I look forward to the support I know you will offer. My family is bewildered and not sure what to do about my pain. My father has had similar issues, but not until he was in his late 40's, he also physically labored most of his life. He is adamant against surgery and so pretty much a wall when it comes to talking about my condition.