Hello All!! I am very hopeful and excited since I found this site a few days ago. I am a 29 year old Female from Washington State. I come from a family of back, knee and joint troubles. My Grandfather had 1 hip and 1 knee replacement. My Grandmother had 2 hip replacements and 1 knee. My 3 of my Uncles have had lower back surgery and 1 Aunt. My wonderful father has degenerative bone disease and has had 1 arthroscopic kneed surgery and 3 hip replacements. Yep 3, his second total hip replacement ended up with a Staph infection and the only thing to do was a second hip replacement on that hip.
I recently found out that I have server reversed curved neck, arthritis in the right him, and DDD, but no degenerative bone disease. I have been going through a intense 3 week decompression session. I have been living in pain since I was 19. In high school I fell onto my tailbone. Little PT and everything seemed fine. At 19 I was in a MVA that was T-Boned. The chiropractor said a few adjustments and I should be fine. Said the normal routine speech "Loose weight, eat better and exercise." I even saw an arthroscopic surgeon for major knee pain, now to know it was my disc the whole time. ~X(
Well exercise was hard, walking, biking, aerobics all made my legs, back and feet go numb. Now tell me how to exercise when I am in pain. So I recently lost my Grandmother and have solely devoted my time now to me. I went and saw a wonderful chiropractor, Dr.Kurt O:) who took the time to sit and take 2 days to do a full "intake" on me. After taking numerous X-Rays we found out that I have a reversed curve in my spine right at my neck, and my right leg is a 1/4 inch shorter than my left. Well that should be an easy fix with a lift in the shoe, but then you get into my spine at L5 tilts to the right and that disc is pretty much flat.
After a few tries with Dr.Kurt O:) , he felt decompression might be a good option. Dr.Kurt was wonderful with my neck and arm pain, but the disc was out of his control. He referred me to Dr.Randy O:) , who is also a wonderful Dr. I have been seeing him 4 days a week for 20 min sessions and I will see him 5 times this week. Insurance will only pay for 20 visits, so that only leaves 3 more. And it looks like I'm going to be in the group of 20% that doesn't feel relief from the decompression.
I am still so very new to all this and feel like an A** sometimes. Now with almost 4 weeks of decompression and it's not revealing the pain ~X( , I am fearful for the word surgery to come up (and it has). I am looking into water therapy with a physical therapist and maybe massage therapy. I know someone will still order an MRI before surgery, but I'm still pretty wigged out by it.
I have found a lot of comfort in reading some of the blogs on this site. To know it's ok to feel this mad and frustrated and know that there is still hope. And to know that even if surgery is the last resort, it still might work. I've never felt like I needed a support group till now. You just don't understand unless you live with this pain.
Sorry this turned out to be a long introductions. This is the first forum board that I have join and am nervous about. It's the first place that I've felt people really care, and no one understands the frustrations, pain, anxiety, etc that people with back pain have to deal with. And after reading a lot of these stories, I know I could be a lot worse off than I am. I am excited to hear any ideas to keep me from the knife. Best of luck to everyone!! ~ Sara :O