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Newbie - 22 year old with spinal stenosis
Hi everyone, I'm Nick. I wouldn't exactly say I'm new to the site as it feels as though I know spine-health.com inside and out for the amount of times I come here looking for answers.
As my forum topic says, I'm a 22 year old with spinal stenosis. Without going into great detail (I can for those who want to know) I've had spinal stenosis since July 2015 and I'm struggling to come to grips with my diagnosis.
I'm an avid weightlifter. I first injured my back deadlifting over a year ago; I put off getting it checked as I thought it would pass. It didn't and I went to see a chiropractor who made my annoying (but completely liveable/able to deal with) pain turn into unbearable pain and suffering with footdrop, muscle weakness, and lumbar radiculopathy.
I have not yet had my MRI (I live in Canada and am on a public waitlist) but my PT says my pain is more than likely spinal stenosis as I have most of the symptoms related to it. I'm on Lyrica and doing PT regularly and I just recently had my first major setback: my footdrop returned after a month of it being gone and I'm heartbroken to say the least.
I joined the site because I'd really love to talk to someone who can relate to the depression, anxiety, and struggles of dealing with spinal stenosis. Everywhere I look I see people talking about it and they're over 50. I'm not even out of university and I feel as though my life is over. I love running and playing soccer in the summer with friends and I'm honestly terrified that those days are gone for good at such a young age.
I don't know anyone in real life who has what I have and I just feel really lost honestly. If anyone has some words of encouragement or can relate I would appreciate either. I'm not sure if anyone around my age has spinal stenosis on the forum but if you do you're not alone.
I hope I can contribute to the forum in more ways than just talking about myself so I'll try to make my way into discussions to help others as well!