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Is 20 years old too young for surgery?

Addison J.AAddison J. Posts: 1
edited 01/06/2016 - 7:12 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hey guys,

My name is Addison, I'm 20 years old, and I have three very large herniated discs at L3/L4, L4/L5, and L5/S1. I have shooting/throbbing pain down my legs, I am currently on a waiting list for water therapy to help get some weight off, and I have had three epidural injections where the last two have failed to improve my pain. I want a future in Law Enforcement where I can be the next female officer in the town I'm in, run, and be physical, but sometimes even walking hurts. Have you ever read the stories where someone was picking apples one day and when they bent over, all of a sudden, their back pain was gone? Is that only meant to happen to some people? Just like these injuries do?

Anyway, I went to see a chiropractor and I qualified for the director's program that involves a machine called a DRX9000. It is used for Spinal Decompression, which I guess is different than traction. But the treatment is going to be around $10,000. I guess if you're really that desperate you should do it, but I don't want to be taken advantage of. I have read that some people have relief and some people say it is a scam, saying that traction and Spinal Decompression are the same thing. I've also looked at surgery as a last resort, but what if that is right around the corner? I can't keep basing my thoughts off of "what if" but I am so disappointed with myself and my spine and I just want to fix it.

I'm at a loss guys. I don't want to be in a wheelchair and waste my life away when I can prevent that and nip this in the bud. Can anyone give me their insights?


Insights and Advice About Herniated Discs

AM I too Young???


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  • kristaylorkkristaylor Posts: 9
    edited 01/12/2016 - 6:42 AM
    Sorry to hear of your pain. My opinion, and it's only that is be careful of traction. I too was going to try that for my three herniations L3-S1 and the 7 surgeons I saw said 'absolutely not'. Apparently a few people get help but others end up in emergency surgery. Check with your surgeon. Some believe that doing naturally traction in a pool has the same benefits (where you hold a pool noodle and just dangle your feet underneath - best free traction on the market :-)).
  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,807
    If you need surgery there should be no minimum age, now if it is call if you want it or not that is a different story. Know the pro's and con's, risks and rewards and go from there
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • I am now 21 years old. But I had 4 back surgeries when I was 20 years old. The last surgery has been a huge blessing! Yes the recovery can be hard, but for me it was worth it!
    L5-S1 Emergency PLIF Revision May 26th 2015
    L5-S1 PLIF May 22nd 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Feb 27th 2015.
    L5-S1 Discectomy Oct 30th 2014.
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