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Jovize22JJovize22 Posts: 1
edited 11/12/2015 - 3:56 AM in Chronic Pain
So at age 14 I had a MRI ordered by my doctor. This showed moderate degenerative disk disease-mild bulging l3-l4 had a consult with a surgeon. Looking back I'm glad he denied me back then. I went to physical therapy and no relief. However the pain subsided at age 22 and I was able to keep my job for 4 years. In the warmer climate of TN as I am from the north Mi area. Recently the pain has returned almost 400% more and in new places. In March I had a MRI again in 2014 it showed l3-l4 is now worse and added is the entire lumbar has a bulge the disk disease is significantly worse and then T1-t2 is bulging as well as t3-t4 and it says many more as well as a tear in the annuls fibrosis a moderate broad based disk bulge and a faucet arthropathy. I may have spelled some things wrong. However. Almost every disk has a minimal bulge and I have yet to have the cervical MRI as pain is in my neck. Prior shows I was born with a genetic fusion of the c2-c3 but no other problems. Now if I point my head down right left or up it cracks the pain radiates down into my shoulder blade and bottom of my arm. I have my fingers going numb if I hold my hands in the air as well as electrical pulses like before it falls asleep. Same with my legs. However that gets much worse with standing. My spine cracks so much in the T area between my collar bones and unless I crack my spine it gets tight and if I leave it alone it starts to hurt with my OCD I focus on it all day and I think that's part of my problem. I have recently started to feel like my back is setting wrong because sometime my right shoulder is higher than the other or my right leg will set further ahead of my body when I stand simply moving it back into place sends shock waves of stabbing pain down my leg or it will just pop in my lower back really hard an I will practically fall to the floor. I've re started all the PT I did as a child but with this being so much worse than before I have stopped working as I sat at a desk for long hours and I can't stand after that waking up I have to take two Tylenol 4-s to get rid of enough of the pain to stand up. Or else I would be in bed all day.

I am worried with how tight my spine has become. The constant cracking of my spine weather I try or not

Does anyone know if this would be able to be fixed or if everything is permanent and I just have to deal with it.

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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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  • Your situation sounds very similar to me. I've had back pain since I can remember but when I was a teenager I was always told to lose weight and exercise and it would go away. For me it currently is to the point of me lying in bed all day as any activity makes things dramatically worse.

    Here you can see the saga of my back pain: Story

    Steroid injections helped for a while, I'm 32 now and it looks like I'll be spending my 33rd birthday in bed.
    All questions and answers are given from a personal perspective only. I have congenital stenosis from C4-C7, and T7-S1. I am actively being seen my by doctor and following his advice. I strongly suggest that you do the same.
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