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spine issues

i have been told by 2 doctors my back is beyond surgery. i get cortisone shots every 3 months. also told to stop walking so much use my wheelchair as much as possable as walking is causing more damage to my spine . feel very discouraged . i want my old body back. not adjusting well. i already cannot go far distances and now i am falling due to ,my back a lot . any advise need lots of support i am very upset

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  • Eryn, can you give a little more information on results, diagnosis, treatments, etc,,etc,,, it would be helpful if we knew more of what’s going on......David 

    DavidG

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

  • I read your last discussion from 2011 that said you were in your 30's, like David said we could use more information but you are too young to just give up, there is most likely a doctor out there that can help, in your last post you said that you had DDD, that was all you said your diagnosis was, what has changed since then?

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,473

    eryn labelle

    What has changed so much that you are giving up? Like the guys asked, please give us more information.  Do you have any support from friends or family? You will get support from us, we just need to know more.

    Take care and we hope to hear from you soon.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • i am now 42 s1 joint effected now i am falling alot my legs go out from under me injure my back more. i have support from family and friends . i asked my dr if there is anything that can be done. she said no a back dr can do nothing for me and rhumatologist as i have arthritis told me it would not help i just need to stop walking alot. my l3 l4 and s1 joint is really bad i get cortsone shots in my s1 every 3 months. i fall alot too. just feels upset that they didn't tell me then. disc damage and long term issue caused by a car accident years ago it never healed right so now i know what the facts are. wheelchair bound most of the time and i am scared of whats next.

  • also last week i got my cortisone shots getting off i fell my legs gave out due to my back. hurt my back and left me without the ability to walk.i know i am getting worse more falling more trauma to my back, i am doing massage and meditation physio i tried hurts more and i throw up from pain.

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,473

    eryn labelle

    Has your doctor sent you to a spine specialist, such as a neurosurgeon or neurologist? They could request diagnostic testing such as a MRI,  CT Scan or even X-rays. Has any f this been done?

    Sandra
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  • eryn

    I agree with Sandra, you need to be seeing a spine specialist, orthopedic or neurosurgeon, they will be able to get the proper testing and give you a true diagnosis, you have to fight for yourself because nobody else will, one doctor saying you can't be helped is no reason to stop looking, you are way too young to be wheelchair bound if there is any possibility you can be helped.

    A short story about myself, I had 3 lumbar surgeries before I was 35, no problems until I was 50, I went through 3 neurosurgeons that basically said live with it, the pain was so bad that was not an option, I finally found a orthopedic spine surgeon who looked at my MRI and said I can help, you need fusion surgery and you need it now, 3 week later he operated and I felt the best I had in 3 years, moral of the story, don't give up and just settle, you hopefully have a long life ahead of you.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • i get an xray done every 3 month and ct scan 2 month ago. my doctors have been watching my back for years they feel surgery will not benifit me at this point., and 2 of my doctors has said to me. too risky i had gbs a long time ago and it still flares up so between back and gbs i could lose my walking altogether. thats what i was told.

  • What kind of doctor's have said it is too risky?

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • my gp and ruemitalogist

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