If I had a nickel for every time I heard that, I'd be rich. I am a 22 year old female with chronic back pain: bulged discs, misalignment, enlarged vertebrae, tumors (neurofibromas) throughout the spine and back muscles. I've had back pain since my teens; it is not due to any accidents. I recently had an MRI and I've been passed around between my PCP and specialists to see what to do about it, good ole insurance makes it so quick and easy (insert sarcasm here). I have a slim/athletic build (i.e. I "look healthy"). It's so frustrating being told to due things I can't physically do without causing even more pain because "you're young and healthy." I also have thalassemia which causes me to be fatigue quite often. Even walking downstairs to help with groceries is mentally exhausting and physically painful. The frustrating thing is the lack of understanding from others and/or people not believing me.
My father for example, he knows the results of my MRI. However, it's "I'm old, you're young, you can handle it better than I can" but when I say "I can't my back hurts," it's "oh please!" or older women at work saying "can you do it? you're younger than me"
Just because I'm young and look healthy, doesn't mean I'm not in pain.
As for treatment, the neurosurgeon said since there's nothing obstructing my spinal cord, surgery isn't necessary; but said to take the muscle relaxer as necessary for spasms (which I get almost daily) and to keep Lortab on hand for the really bad days.
Thanks for listening.