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Hello, my name is Samantha. I have had lower back pain since about 10 or 11 years old. I am now 20 about to be 21 in June. When i was younger I have a MRI, CT scan and a X-ray done, come to fine out I had a deteriorating disc on my L5. I was wondering because I am kinda worried, what procedure will I have to go through (including medications)? My back pain is unbearable now and is extremely hard to move. Very recently I got i to a car accident and they didn't even do a simple X-ray on my back! Could it have gotten worse? Also I had an epidural to have my son two years ago.... If that can make a difference. PLEASE IF ANYONE CAN HELP.



  • MarWinMarWin OhioPosts: 701

    I think it is very odd for someone to have chronic back pain at 10 years old, unless they had a traumatic accident. Doesn't mean it is not possible though. I would look to your daily habits and routine and see if there are any leads as to how you came to be in so much pain. Inactivity can lead to so many issues with health. To make it worse, we are always told if we feel pain to rest. Sometimes that can be the worse prescription. I would think a car accident can certainly make a condition worse. I pray that you opt out of surgeries at your age. 

    After officiating a  few soccer games on Sunday I went to the gym and started with squats. That was a mistake. My low back pain got worse throughout the rest of the day since I committed myself to a weekend of doing nothing (another mistake). Since then I have been doing a low back pain specific routine and I feel much better. I will continue to do it throughout the week and I should be ready to play Thursday and Friday, and then officiate Saturday and Sunday. 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,372

    hello samantha!!
    welcome to spine-health

    when you say, you were in an accident and they didn't do an x-ray, was that the er? 
    an accident could certainly alter things but you need to see a specialist that will do diagnostic testing. people are always wondering what it could be with their backs. you won't know for sure unless you see your doctor.

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  • DDD is a very broad diagnosis doctors give and can cover a lot of different things.  As we age, everyone has some degree of DDD.  Not always is it painful.  I would certainly tell your doctor about past history to include the accident.  When you were in the accident, did you identify specifically to the treating doctor that you were having low back pain?  If so, I would think they would have done at least an X-ray, but depending on the circumstance, the MD may have thought it wasn't needed. 

    Keep in mind, a procedure may not be necessary.  Not everything can be cured through surgery.  Regarding medications, most doctors will have you take the lowest strength medication as possible.  It's really impossible to say for sure what the doctor will do or prescribe.  Just be as detailed as possible when telling him/her how you feel and what triggers the pain.

    Hope you feel better soon! 

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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