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2 years and counting

Hi everyone,

I am new to the forum. On May 18 2017 i bent over at work and herniated two discs L4/L5. L5-S1 and also tore the disc in L5-S1.

I have degrinative disc and also stenosis. Everyday I wake in pain and everynight I go to sleep in pain. I was told by L&I and I didn’t qualify for any treatment on there in and also I am not considered for disability. I am 32 and my qaulity of life is very sad. I suffer from depression now and had to quite my job and find a new career. I joined the forum to join a community of people that also understand what I am going through. My boyfriend try’s but just doesn’t understand and it’s put a huge strain on our relationship. I hope that this can help me have another outlet to turn to when the pain gets to be to much. 

Hope to hear from someone soon!




  • Hello Amber

    Welcome to Spine-Health

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  • Do you have a worker’s comp lawyer? That’s where I’d start.

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  • Amber,

    Very sorry to hear about your struggles and I understand.  This type of situation does put strains on every aspect of life.  I've been dealing with similar issues and pain now for almost 15 years.  Only in the last 2 since surgery has it really gotten worse.  I cannot interact with my kids the way I would like and it's hard for me to attend their sporting events as the only place to sit is on those metal bleachers...needless to say, that is an awful option.  Depression does come as a side dish of these issues unfortunately, I empathize.  Hang in there and do your due diligence with regards to second opinions and recommendations from medical professionals. I hope you find relief.

  • sellaiassellaia Posts: 32
    edited 03/14/2019 - 7:38 PM

    Dear Amber,

    I am so sorry to hear about your situation, and in many ways, I can relate to it. I am also 32 years old and I also wake up and go to bed in pain every day. In fact, I am writing this laying on the floor because I can barely walk due to the pain this afternoon. 

    During the first few years, I didn't know how to deal with pain and depression and it really affected my relationships with my loved ones and cost me my then-fiancé. To be honest, to this day I still think about her and about how had I not been in so much pain I would of have been able to make more sense of what was going on.

    In sum, if there is a lesson I learned from this, and that could be valuable to you, is that it is possible to have a very happy and fulfilling life despite chronic pain as long as you learn how to manage it and get the support and help you need in time. 

     As someone mentioned it previously, I would first try to get legal advice from a compensation lawyer. My biggest regret about my injury is that I did not take legal action or try to get compensation until many years later when it was too late. 

    Secondly, do try to get as many medical opinions as possible and avoid or delay invasive surgeries as long as possible. Look at the posts from people with fusions, disc replacements etc., and you'll immediately understand why.

    Finally, there are many ways to manage your pain besides medication. In my case a well-structured routine incorporating yoga, core strengthening and swimming combined with adequate rest and massage allow me to maintain a minimal level of functionality and happiness. 

    Feel free to reach out to me any time on this post or via DM if you need to talk about how you feel and what you are experiencing. I found a bit of solace in speaking with other members of the forum when things were really going aweful for me.

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,552

    Amber, getting into the condition of chronic pain has many physical and emotional tools.

    Please read and respond to   New Member Guidelines and Checklist

    Also, take a look at:

    Chronic Pain, a step by step treatment approach

    Diagnosing Back Problems

    All about Depression and Coping

    While, there is no one here on Spine-Health that can fix your condition, you will find member after member who understand what you are going through.   In many ways, this is a large virtual support group for those suffering with chronic pain.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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