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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,322
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in New Member Introductions

Hello. I am new here. I am 28 and I have been having back problems since I was 18. Had my first surgery 1 year ago and worried I will have to have another.


  • welcome to spine-health...
  • We always hate to hear of all the young people that are experiencing problems with their spine. What type of surgery did you have and what type of problems are you having?
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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. please tell us alittle more about yourself! good luck and keep us posted! Jenny :)

  • Well I first hurt my upper back between the shoulder blades when I was 18 playing soccer and a teammate hit me from behind goofing around. Took till I was 22 or 23 for a neurologist to find the problem and gave me injections and the pain went away. From 22/23 till 26 I was pain free in the back. Summer of 2006 I was playing soccer after work and someone crossed the ball and I lunged for it and felt a pop. I thought I dislocated my hip because that happens often and there was extreme pain in the hip and down the leg. So just hoping it would pop back into joint as it usually does I continued weight lifting and playing soccer on it. After 3 months and still a lot of pain I went to a chiropractor hoping they could get my hip back into joint. Well they informed me that it was not my hip but was my lower back. They then started to do adjustments that made it a whole lot worse. So I finally did what I should of done in the first place and went to a back doctor. They did X-rays and then a MRI. When I went back for results the first doctor (a knee specialist) came in and said its not good I am going to bring in the back specialist. Well the back specialist came in and told me I have two herniated/bulging disks in the L5-S1 area and have DDD and showed me my MRI on a moniter. He told me my options and said that surgery was a last resort because of my age. Well over the next year having extreme pain in the hip and down both legs I did injections and took steroids to help strengthen the back and let it heal on its own. Nothing was working and I was living on 6-8 Advil every 2 hrs so I decided for the surgery. They said it was a very small incision and should not be out that long and most people were better very quickly. So they did a Microdiscectomy July 25, 2007 in three areas. The doctor said it was so bad in there that he was surprised I could still walk. The pain went away for a very short while and the pain down the legs is 100% gone. Well I thought I was tough and when he asked if I wanted PT or if I wanted to do it myself I said I can do it myself. Well after 6 months I began playing soccer, working on cars, and weight lifting again. At first I only saw little pain here and there and just figured it was from tired muscles so I kept at it. Well its been just over a year now and the back pain is worse then ever. Its gone from the legs to extremely intense in the center of the back. I am an Engineer and I sit at a desk all day so that makes it worse. I lay on ice packs every night for about 2hrs. The only way I can sleep. Heat makes the pain a lot worse and stretching hurts it a lot also. I have no idea what to do now. I was told if the pain gets to the center of the back I will have to have a fusion. I am too young for that and too active. I go through bottles of Advil so so quick that now I buy the 1000 ct and still polish those off quickly. So I came here hoping to find answers to get rid of the pain without having surgery again.

    So if anyone has any tips I will try anything. The pain gets old and effects things in your everyday life.
  • :) HI! perhaps now is the time to find a good pm doctor and start some conservative treatments. proper pain mediction can change your life. obviously the Advil is not working and you could be doing damage to your stomach and liver. this is not a medication to be taking in large amounts!! sitting for long periods of time is also not going to help your pain. if you do want to avoid surgery you need to take some action!! please take a pro active stance and do something to make your pain manageable. Jenny :)
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  • Welcome to S-H.. ;)

    Well....wow! It sounds as if you have been through the ringer with your back.Hard to tell you young ones to take it easy I suppose,but maybe a break from soccer is in order?

    That does sound like an awful lot of Advil to be taking because I think what you have now is chronic pain,and as such is treated differently than other types of pain.Have you discussed pain treatment with your Dr.?

    The problem with OTC (over the counter) medicine is that if you take a lot of it long term it can be harmful to your stomach and liver and cause a host of other problems,all of which you don't need on top of your already bad back issues.

    You should talk to your Dr about treating the chronic pain in your back and possibly going to PT.It isn't something you should take on alone,this back has to carry you the rest of your life.If your Dr cannot treat your pain,ask him to refer you to someone who can.Be honest,let him know how painful it is and that it is affecting your quality of life.

  • How do you know if its chronic or not. What is the difference. Right now we are trying to get my wife knocked up so I will so research here until that happens. Do not want to spend money on my back if the wife needs it.

    Also not sure if I should stick with this doctor or try a different one.
  • Well,In reading your post you said that:
      "After 3 months and still a lot of pain I went to a chiropractor hoping they could get my hip back into joint. Well they informed me that it was not my hip but was my lower back."
    Pain that lasts for 3 months or longer is called chronic. Pain is your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. It’s normal for you to have pain when you are injured or ill. But pain that lasts for weeks, months, or years is not normal.

    Chronic pain can occur anywhere in your body. It can range from being mild and annoying to being so bad that it gets in the way of your daily activities.

  • Ok for some reason I was thinking Chronic Pain was a term used by doctors when they can not find the reason for someones pain. Kinda of the doctors way of diagnosing the problem with out really diagnosing the problem. Why I thought that I have no idea.
  • Not at all.
    Actually Drs usually take chronic pain seriously because it can lead to other problems,such as depression and isolation.A lot of people with chronic pain find that they have lifestyle changes,it can happen slowly and within months you look back and realize that your life is not at all the same as it once was.You may not even see it happening-maybe people will start telling you things like "You never want to go anywhere,or do anything anymore",...things like that.

    This is one of the reasons why chronic pain sufferers are oftentimes treated for depression as well as pain.There are other reasons of course,but this is usually the beginning.
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