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on the verge of giving up

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all

im a 19 year old with lower back pain for almost 4-5 years now. im a flatwater kayak sprinter and sometimes race in dragonboats

the pain i experience is a pulling pain with a super tense muscle along the left of the spine.
http://www.exrx.net/Muscles/ErectorSpinae.html . sometimes i get stiffnecks and often a left deltoid pain and also a painless but disturbing left clicking hip(i think its cause by my psoas)

ive tried all sorts of different solutions, Back Specialist,Physiotherapy,Chiropractic taken X-rays and MRIs. i cant imagine the amount of money ive incurred on my parents for all the different approaches but im still lost here.

the first x-ray was taken 3 years back by a spine specialist and he concurred that i had mild scoliosis with 10~ degrees of curvature. all he did was ask me to go back a year later for another xray to check if the condition had deteriorated.

feeling quite cheesed of i seeked a physiotherapist and she said it wasnt a bone problem but a muscular problem and said that i didnt have sufficient abdominal muscles to balance my overstrained back muscles. i went for a dozen of sessions and it did get better with the regular stretches, electrical pulse things and core strengthening exercises.

however about a month later the pain came back and i figured the relief was just temporal i seeked another spine specialist that took a MRI for me. the MRI reveled that i had a L2 degeneration (or slip disc) and suggested surgery by injecting fluids if the pain was really unbearable but that would cost 10k(SGD) so my family figured that it wasnt worth it.

after which, i seeked a different physiotherapist and this time he said that it was probably caused by my psoas being strained causing a complicated torsion effect on my whole being. with a trigger ball exercise i did feel the psoas becoming less tense. and the lower back pain gradually becoming less. once again i went for regular sessions but stopped once it became better and the pain cameback after a month or so.

im pretty sure i cant be going for physiotherapy for my entire life for me to be painfree. in fact i think sometimes after physio the pain still continues.

i also seeked a chiro but i thought it was quite useless(no offence to other chiropractors out there)

ive searched the whole web for answers but my pain still comes and goes randomly.

thanks for reading.


  • Hi i too can sympathise with u my back problems started at a young age i was 14.........i wanted to reply to ur post and tell u never to give up..........i know sometimes its hard and it dosent seem like their is light at the end of the tunnnel...but dont give up....try and gain strength from the people that love u,friends,family and pray hard..........prayers are never unanswered..never,
  • I don't have any answers for you either, but wanted to say welcome and don't give up. You are much too young to throw in the towel. Have you tried acupuncture? A neurologist? Working on developing your abs as best you can to balance the load on your shoulders? There's a lot of miraculous medicine out there. I hope you find something that can help you continue your active lifestyle.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • thank you all for being so motivating and i guess i will look at tcm.

    will keep you guys posted =)
    thanks once again

  • Dont give up.
    Vivavegas said it!(already)so hang in there. I know it can not be easy and being young in pain like that is just a awful thing.
    I Wish I could give you a answer to make things better for you right here right now.
    You lanc3r are in my Thoughts and Prayers
    Sending you a Hug! A big Smile through the air.

    p.s.sometimes a smile will take away my pain if only for a minute....Patsy
  • Lanc3r,
    Your MRI is most telling, however much we do eventually some intervention is required and the notion that it can be in some way manipulated to good effect, denies the value that invasive surgery eventually becomes the most valid intervention after much hyperbole.

    Most processes have varying success and the key is finding what works for you sometimes through a procedure of elimination, this take time patience and by the sound of it money and perhaps an investment in your future. Shortcuts are never easy to find or validate and we trawl the melee of options for the one that we deem most suitable. You are competitive and would never give up in a race, use that skill and competence to your advantage and seek out the best options for you, what is best and when, use your diagnosis of a known condition to move to the next step and evaluate your options.

    I fully understand your sentiment as keeping going is never easy when you want your life to be how is was and developing an imposed restricted new you, never easy straightforward or simple. We are allowed to periodically feel aggrieved at our situation and that is part of the pain cycle and duality of living this alternative lifestyle, we need you young fit guys to give us all hope that with the relevant drive and determination we too can get through this and follow in your footsteps to a better and more inclusive quality of life.

    My 20 year old boy has no feet, he is the 6th fastest S7 swimmer in the world, never give up.

    Never give up or give in, and be kind to yourself.

    Take care John.

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  • I agree. We may not always see our prayers answered in the way that we expect, but they are indeed answered. Keep your faith, don't give up, and tomorrow is always another day. There is too much beauty in the world, too much wonder, you have so much left to see. And you will!
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