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Back Pain

meg101mmeg101 Posts: 31
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:54 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi!
My name is Meg and I am 19yrs old soon to be 20. I have a horrible back my L4/5 is herniated that its really close to pressing onthe right nerve,and i have mild stenosis and mild scoliosis in my lower back and i can't walk for more than 30min or sit for more than an hour without me being in ALOT of pain!!! the pain goes down my butt and legs, and I am in physical therapy and it doesn't seem to help. My doc told me that my back is older than me, he said this type of back problem should be in someone who is in there 30's and im only 19. I am so depressed because I cant do anything without my back hurting! Am I to young to get surgery? I have herd of a disectomy (not sure if i am spelling that right) my back has gotton worse since 1yr ago.
I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
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  • I also have Grade 1 retrolisthesis. multilevel spondylolishesis and spondyiosis, I have no idea what those are. They are all on my lower back.
    I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

    June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
  • I'm a different animal thanks to crashing a helicopter, but (see signature) a fellow backie pending surgery. Age, yours...is young sure, but if your function starts to get bad, it might not be a choice.

    I can't stand more than 5 minutes, and as of a year ago, have to use a cane for walks, otherwise the weak legs and pain take over! What you might want to do is get a couple of opinions or more.

    Sadly, regardless of age, once you fuse pat of your spine, your WHOLE spine is actually affect! The dynamics and loading changes, to which the spine was not designed for! Also too, depending on what is going on with the disk - fusion is not always called for. Stability is the key.

    Please let us know how it goes, and what you do. Welcome to Spine Health!!! Sorry you are going through all this. I am young too...almost 49 (G)

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • You sound like me at 22. I herniated my L4/L5 at university and found I had slight scoliosis. During the surgery to correct it (when i was 24), the doc discovered I had stenosis and did a decompression at both levels. The surgery I had then was a lumbar laminectomy, but that was 1992, and I'm sure there are better surgeries today. My acute pain was relieved and I was OK for about 12 years, then went downhill. But still, that was 12 years I didn't have to see a pain doc! Hopefully you'll find even longer lasting relief.

    Good luck!
  • Welcome!! Have you had an xray or MRI?? I had pain and weakness in my right leg and in my back and numbness in my right big toe. It was caused by a vertebrae slipping forward. I also have stenosis and scoliosis (and a bunch of other things!!). I had a laminectomy first on l4/L5 then a 360 fusion with instrumentation. Meaning they went in from both the front and back and put in screws and a bone graft. It cured the problem of the pain in my back and weakness in my legs. I went to a spine specialist.

    I have since had more fusions. All from being knocked unconscious but a snowboarder.

    Do see a spine specialist and get an MRI.

    Good luck.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Yes i have seen an othro doctor and i did get an MRI last month. I have weakness in both my legs, and numbness in my right foot and my big toe.
    I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

    June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
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  • Hi! No it is not usual for someone our age to have neck/back issues but it is what it is! Don't be scared of surgery. Try the conservative methods first but after that make an appointment with a good neurosurgeon (or ortho if you prefer)

    I just had a discectomy and fusion in my neck and I am 24. My problems started when I was 18.
    ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011

    Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.

    Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg
  • Im getting an epidural injection in my lower back sometime next week! i have had 3 of them last year and they didn't seem to help, i hope this one will help! :)
    I'm 24 years old, I have had back problems since I was 17...

    June 6th 2012 (I was 20 years old) On my L4/5 I got a Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (PLIF) with 4 pedicle screws, 2 rods, and 2 cages.
  • I agree, I have had many injections that didn't seem to work. I just had both my SI joints done, never had them there before and I am hoping that this time will the magic one. Good luck with your injections next week.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • HI Meg
    Sorry to hear that your spine problems are starting so young...I was 32 when mine started, and the dr. said the same thing...you're too young for this to be developing...well, guess what....it's gonna do what it's gonna do, regardless of age.
    Anyway, I also had injections and they didn't work for me either... What did your recent MRI say? Maybe you should see another dr to get a 2nd opinion... I would, at your age, definately look into this further... Good luck and let us know how you make out!
    Frannie
  • i had slip disc surgery for L2 disc around 9 years ago.till now i dont have any problems.now i am planing for marriage.is there any problems for marriage life? is there any possibility of repeatable of pains?
    i am folowing yoga and back excercises.please help me regarding this.
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