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Good morning all,
I was wondering if anyone could help me on this question.
I myself have my L45s1 disk gone and have most of others nearly gone,i have been told about 6yrs ago to expect to be in a wheelchair at 10yrs after i was operated on,
but my question is my daughter is only 19yrs old and over the last 2yrs she hasn't been able to walk properly at all and in allot of pain,
the doctor did a ct scan and now he is very concerned because of her age as she hasn't had a fall or anything but the results of the scan were as follows,
The L4/5 disc is moderately narrowed,
a small bone island is noted at L5,,
The soft tissue windows show a moderately large central and right paracentral dorsal disk protrusion at L4/5 intenting sac.
L5 nerve roots particularly on the right side,
Moderately large L4/5 disk protrusion.
The doctor said there is no way he will operate due to her age,just to try to strengthen her back ,dont lift anything or turn certain ways and rest as much as she can,use aids to help like chairs,walking sticks etc, but she has a condition called pcos as well,
Why at 19 would she be so bad with her back and what excersices or how do you strengthen your back when half the time the pain is so bad you cant do much.what kind of at home machines could you use or do.
I have been in my pain since 1996 so i know what its like,but she is so young.
This has really got her feeling down.
The doctor has prescribed panadine forte when needed that's all i take also.
We have a house full of pets but one in particular her little dog she has had for 7yrs never leaves her side and has panic attacks when away from her,he knows her pain,
she also suffers from panic attacks especially when its quiet or at night,
I myself have been very interested in natural ways over the years and trying relaxation things but sometimes the pain overrides allot of what your trying to do.
Any help would be greatly appreciated for myself and my daughter.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this and help if you can.
I hope you all try to have a pain-free day :)


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    i'm sorry for what you and your daughter are going through. the surgeon should have given her some core strengthening excercises for her to do, to help strengthen the muscles surrounding the spine, as well as restrictions such as what to avoid her doing to avoid further injury.
    as far as her mri goes, no one here is able to decipher the reading, because what we might consider something significant might not be at all from the doctors viewpoint. only he knows what his physical exam found, in correlation to her symptoms and his reading of the actual mri films, not just the report. he should have gone over the report with you or her during her appointment.
    did he give her a referral to physical therapy? that would be the best suggestion that i would make to you, is for her to go to pt, and work with the therapist to slowly build up the core muscles . of course there will be days when it hurts but the only way to improve her endurance and strength is for her to work through it until things improve.
  • I wish I had the answers as I'm sure others do. Unfortunately none of us are medical professionals.
    Have you asked the doctor if there is a 'children's' specialist he would recommend? I realize she is 19 but she is still young.

    Either way - if you are in the USA, I would consider visiting one of the back specialty hospitals or leveraging their electronic opinions (I think Cleveland clinic has an e-cleveland clinic) where they will review records and answer a few basic questions. It is actually a good thing b/c I used this and my doctor was very supportive if it meant it would shed more light on my individual condition and options. Everyone is an individual which is key to remember.

    Also - like the other poster said, did he give her a prescription for PT or to visit a physiatrist (muscular skeletal doctor)? I would start there because they will work on the right exercises for her situation.
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  • My daughter started going to a pediatric rheumatologist at around 14. She's a young adult, but make sure she is comfortable with the rheumatologist, or encourage her to go to another. If she is ok with it, go with her to the appointment since this is new territory for her. It's so tough to see our kids suffer or struggle with a disease. It is also difficult having an "invisible" disability - others won't recognize it.

    Encourage her to keep moving - walking is good. Eat healthy. If she is in school or at work, it's tough, but it's ok to ask for accommodations. It helped my daughter succeed at college.

    I wish you both the best.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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