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Newbie - Scared but grateful

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:22 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all,

I'd just like to say first and foremost to the forum... thanks for existing. This new experience of pain, lack of understanding, and fear has been quite overwhelming. It's great to know that there is a huge resource available for information and support.

There's a lot of material on this forum that I will certainly dig though. If anyone has some pointers to good posts to help me on my way, I'd greatly appreciate it. To shortly describe my situation...

- I'm 29 years old
- Tremendous lower back pain due to disk bulging
- MRI result:

1. A 3.5 mm disc bulge is seen at L4-L5 with moderate bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
2. A 2 mm disc bulge is seen at L3-L4 with mild bilateral neural foraminal narrowing.
3. A 1 mm disc bulge is seen at L5-S1 without evidence of neural foraminal narrowing.
4. Posterior displacement of the longitudinal ligament is noted from L3-L4 through S1.

I'm very concerned about what the future is going to be like. The pain has only recently ramped up in the last couple of months and my life has already changed completely.

I go in for a medial branch block on Tuesday and I'm hoping for the best. Wish me luck!

Thanks again,


  • Welcome to spine-health..good luck Tuesday
  • Hi Matt,

    Welcome to Spine Health. Good luck on Tuesday with your medial branch block. I know many members do have great success with those.

    How was it that you happened to injure your lower back? If you are like myself and many others, the answer is ... enjoying my life. Well your current situation doesn't mean that you won't be back to doing that very soon!

    Life is here to be lived ... that's what we should be doing and that's what many go back to doing!!!

    Welcome aboard,

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  • to be having all of this pain. But, you are not alone. We have many members even younger than you that are also suffering. Good luck with the medial branch block. I have had that done and got some relief but it was short lived. Good luck to you and hopefully you will get long lasting relief from the block. Please keep us posted on your progress.
  • Hi! all of you are great, it is so so good that this website is available, or else we would all be in the nut house. Has anyone out there had a discogram? I am due for this procedure in a month and would very much appreciate any input. Thanks and stay strong.
  • :) nancy, hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you might try the "Chronic Pain " forum or even the "Back and Spinal" surgery section for some extra input! good luck and we are glad to have you here! Jenny :)
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  • From my experience, a discogram is where a certain fluid is injected into disc's at various levels and "re-creates" the pain. It is used to identify exactly which disc is causing the problem. It hurts, but when they find the correct one, they usually inject a numbing agent for relief. Good luck.
  • Welcome Matt...You've come to the right place for help and support. I too am one of the "youngins". Was 28 when I had my first fusion (L5-S1), just got home yesterday from having my 2nd one (L4-L5)at age 32. Good luck on Tuesday!!
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