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DD l4/l5 and Possible Herniated Disc please give me some advice

legreyf0xxllegreyf0xx Posts: 1
edited 12/01/2015 - 3:42 PM in Lower Back Pain

I have been reading through these forums the past 4 months in hope of finding help on what I can do to guide me to better condition. Here's a brief history of my low back condition, I've had low back pains on and off due to bad posture growing up, and poor choices such as wearing flat footed shoes (Vans) to a job where I would have to stand 8-9 hours a day. I also lived an active lifestyle prior to my injury, I used to weight 240 lbs and dropped down to 165 lbs. When I was overweight I used to sleep on a bad mattress as well, also I recall putting my back out by jumping from a ledge. Anyhow, back in September (the end of Sept.) and beginning of August I can't recall exactly what I did but I believe I injured myself from a gym exercise where I would work my inner and outer leg thigh machine. My back has also been hurting prior to working out that day but it was minor. I recall waking up with such a bad pain that I wanted to go the hospital.

Symptoms include:

AUGUST - In the beginning months of my injury it was hard for me to sit down, I had a pain in my left butt glute area and made it difficult for me to sit. Walking would relieve it however I still felt some sort of pain when walking. I went to the chiropractor (possibly a mistake because I was unsure of who to go to) he took an x-ray and diagnosed me with DD at l4/l5, he proceeded to try to have me stretch to see my range of motion and flexibility and then adjusted me. This continued for about 2 weeks. I did feel some sort of relief but began feeling a tingling in my left calf, then he suggested I go to a spine clinic. I would use ice and heat therapy to try to relieve some of the pain.

SEPTEMBER - I went to the spine doctor and attempted to get an MRI however my insurance did not cover those expenses, me being a college student I couldn't really afford to pay it out of pocket. I was quite depressed at this point and desperate but I haven't given up hope yet. I continued doing my regular routine of things, but more carefully and just fighting the pain out. I began wearing a back brace to prevent too much twisting, forward bending, and provide support for my low back.

OCTOBER - I began feeling a lot of relief by October, I had hip pains back in September when I attempted to jog slowly but by October those hip pains were very minor. The back brace seemed to have helped also however I'm not sure if it begin making my back weaker as well so I started to wear it less and less in hopes of possibly building up my core. I started incorporating some workouts in because I read it would generate blood flow if I did have a herniated disc.

NOVEMBER - The hip pains are about 95% gone when I jog. Sitting doesn't affect me as much as it did back in August. My low back still feels weak and I still feel some sort of pressure or tightness in that area when trying to bend it or slouch down a bit so that still concerns me. The calf tightness is going away slowly as well and sleeping is becoming better however I still get flare ups every once in awhile.

My concern is whether or not I am actually healing , will the pains ever go away? I know I should've gotten an actual MRI but financially I can't afford it at the moment and would like some tips on what I can do. I hope the description of my symptoms may be similar to someone that has dealt and overcame this and can give some input as to whats going on with me. I apologize for the long read, but I want to thank you guys and wish the best in your recoveries as well. I just want to get back to living a normal life.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:
  • - When did this first start? . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)
  • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician . Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?
  • . Physical Therapy . Ultrasound / Tens unit . Spinal Injections . Acupuncture . Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)
  • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
  • . Name of Medication . How long have you been using this? . Results
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
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It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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