one year ago a sharp pain occurred in the lower back regions by L4, L5 vertebra; my age was 21
Was it the result of a trauma or accident?
the lower back pain is not attributed to a specific trauma, or accident, however I’ve been very active in competitive sports and physical activities, including soccer. I do however have a history of hamstring pulls, doctors have noted that I have very tight hamstrings.
Are there any other family members with similar conditions?
What type of doctors have I seen?
Primary doctor, chiropractor, orthopedic surgeons (three opinions), pain management doctor, spine doctors
what type of conservative treatments have I had?
Physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, vitamin therapy, epidural, pain pills, 13 weeks in a back brace
What type of diagnostic test have I had?
X-rays, bone scan, MRI, CT scans, all within the past year
5 of 6 doctors looking at these test have concluded that there’s no problems with my spine, disk, or vertebra. One orthopedic surgeon said he saw a slight fracture that was cured after wearing a back brace for 13 weeks. In addition I was diagnosed with Osteoid Osteoma tumor in my L5 vertebra. After seeing a specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan it was determined that the Osteoid Osteoma was in active.
3 separate orthopedic surgeons have indicated that there is no issues concerning my spine at this time. I still have a severe pain by the L4 L5 vertebra that keeps me bedridden most of the day. Currently I take two pain pills per day. I’m going to physical therapy and swimming. The pain is persistent and on a scale from 1 to 10, it is usually an 8. Doctors have recommended that I continue to attend therapy, swimming and have counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Any suggestions or comments are appreciated. All doctors have suggested that I avoid surgery because of my young age and high level of physical fitness.