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3 different diagnoses, any ideas?

AishaAAisha Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Lower Back Pain
Almost 20 years ago I had a depressed L1/L2 fracture. Was in hospital for almost 4 weeks as the fracture was not stable. I wore a torso brace for 6 months. After that I had physio for 3 months. Since that time I have always had back pain. It would always start through the night with movement in bed or at the end of a busy day on my feet but this has gradually gotten worse. I have put up with the pain over the years as I figured it was part and parcel of my previous injury.

In 2006 I started having spasms in my spine, when the spasm occured each time my legs would give way and I would be on the floor for a couple of hours, I was taken to hospital a few times as the spasms were lasting longer and the most excruciating pain I've ever felt. The spasms have all but gone now and I have a new wave of problems.

I now have the most horrible back pain all the time. It starts at mid back below my ribs, goes all the way down to my coccyx, it feels like its grinding and with movement the pain makes me catch my breath but now it goes with what I can only describe as 'toothache' in my hips and down my legs.

My doc suspects some root nerve damage and an unbalanced musculoskeletal system due to over compensation for pain.

The musculoskeletal team say a degenrative spine condition aggrevated by a spinal fracture

Today I was called by a physio who did a telephone assessment and he says it is a common problem from relaxation of ligaments during pregancy... my youngest child is 2 and a half years old, surely this would have presented itself before now.

I'm so worn down by this pain and my family is being torn apart by my irritability from it.

Please help.
Fracture L1/L2, Osteoarthritis of lumbar, cervical spine and coccyx, wheelchair bound, ACDF C3/4 &C5/6
Discectomy L4/L5


  • I'm so sorry to hear about the pain you and your family are dealing with. Unfortunately, I have no experience or advice in terms of your condition...I just really hope you find out what the actual problem is and find a good way to treat it.

  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You've found the right place for support, although I'm sorry that you need it and that you're having such a difficult time.

    If it were me, I'd see a spine specialist or spine surgeon, it could be ortho or neuro, but someone who only works on spines. My surgeon is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon who specializes in severe cervical issues, but he also performed my lumbar surgery. His lifes work is dedicated to spine problems.

    You don't mention it, but have you had an MRI and interpretation from a qualified doctor?

    So many times we have to be our own advocates when it comes to spine problems and finding a spine doctor that you have complete confidence is a good step to take to get started on a diagnosis and plan of action to get it taken care of.

    Please let us know what happens with you and don't hesitate to ask any questions here. There's also some great information in the FAQ section, such as questions to ask your doctor, etc.

    Take care,
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