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24 year old chronic lower back pain

NWC5790NNWC5790 Posts: 1
edited 02/19/2015 - 8:50 AM in Chronic Pain

I am a 24 year old that has been suffering with chronic lower back pain for the last 10 years or so. Some days it is not so bad but others the pain is unbearable. After a handful of unsuccessful doctor visits I went to a Spine Specialist. He sent me for an MRI and I have been diagnosed with:
1) Degenerative Disc Disease – Lumbar
2) Disc Displacement w/o Myelopathy – Lumbar
3) Stenosis – Lumbar with Neurogenic Claudication
4) Spondylolisthesis – Acquired
He said he didn't believe it was the back of a 24 year old. So I am about to start Physical Therapy (which hasn't worked in the past) and anti-inflammatory’s. I was wondering if anyone had an idea as to if the conditions will worsen with age and if so how much? I was also wondering what kind of surgery might be possible to try to fix the problem.

Thanks in advance,


  • Honestly it just depends on the person. Some people don't get significantly worse, while others do. There are surgical options to treat the spondylolisthesis, but its fusion surgery. Doctors will push you to try all conservative methods first, espically because you are so young. Were you referred to a pain specialist for injections? Does he think this could help? You can always get a second opinion, but they will prob say the same about trying everything injections, PT, meds, all of that first before discussing surgical options.

    Spinal Health Moderator 

    Retrolisthesis C4 of C5 and C5 of C6
    Spondylolthesis C5/C6
    Disc protrusions with Annular Tears C3/C4, C4/C5, and C5/C6
    Disc Material Compressing Spinal Cord C3/C4
    Severe Forminal Stenosis C5/C6
    Ankylosing Spondylitis 
    Annular Tears L3/L4 and L5/S1
    Enlarged Facet Joints/Facet Anthrosis L3/L4/L5
    PLIF with Rods, Cage, and Pedicle Screws-L4/L5
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