Last week I was out of work friday-monday due to being bedridden by horibble lower back pain. I've seen my doctor about it before and this time around he diagnosed it as DDD.
Obviously something happened in my past that is catching up to me or my life working in offices, playing many many hours of video games have started taking their toll.. Or all of the above.
Right now my back feels fine, albeit with a little bit of stiffness, but nothing that prevents me from walking comfortably or doing my stretches.
My problem is that this whole situation has mad me horribly depressed because I feel like my life decisions have been made up for me, relationships won't be easy to form , and I'll be stuck inside for the rest of my life due to the fear of one false movement further aggravating things. Not to mention I love playing basketball and feel like my passion has been taken from me.
I would like any and all insight, experiences you all have so I can learn and apply to my daily routines. But I also have a few questions:
Would it be best to try and due a fusion now due to my young age and maybe having an easier time recovering?
If i do get a fusion , what should I expect in terms of what I can and can't due? Will I lose out and a lot of movement and become an expert at the Robot?
What types of chairs can I use, if any? Currently my work has been very accommodating and have raised my desk so I can stand all day (now I just am getting tired legs more than a hurt back haha) but I've been looking in to other types of chairs for when I do want to have a sit down.
Should I be sleeping on the floor? I've placed a few blankets down on my floor and have been sleeping there the past week. I've lost out on a bunch of hours of deep sleep but I feel like it helps.
I do my stretches twice a day (when I wake up and before bed), I have dogs to walk, can use a treadmill to stay active but that's about it so far.
What other core strengthening exercises can I do? Currently got the camel/cat thing, tail wag, leg lifts, and I've noticed I can do planks comfortably.
Any help is appreciated. Thank you.****************************************************************************************************** Welcome to Spine-Health
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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
. 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?
- 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?
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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.Specific comments :
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