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I can't handle this anymore

I'm 19, 20 soon, and started to get back pain a couple months ago. Well I've always had it but I could easily ignore it. Now, it's developed so bad that it's hard to do anything , I can barely sleep. I need a muscle relaxer to help me sleep but even that is losing its ability to help, along with the prescription strength Tylenol... Im trying to nap and I start crying because it hurts way to bad. A 7 (on the pain scale) to me is like a 2 or 3 for others.  I feel lIke I have a constant charley horse in my back and leg. I had to quit my job and apply for disability. I can barely sit for long and I can stand less than 10 minutes, nothing helps. It makes it worse since I have college and have to walk to classes... I went to the er twice and they'd barely do anything to help


  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Hi Varian
    I am sorry to hear about your pain. Have you had any diagnostic testing done? You may need to see your doctor or a specialist to figure out what the issue is. 
    I was experiencing severe pain in my leg. I went to a neurosurgeon who ordered an mri.
    The results showed a large disk herniation causing severe spinal stenosis which was causing the problem. 
  • I had an Mri done in June or July but I was told that a disk was pinching the nerve. I have a neurosurgery appointment soon but it feels like it developed more than just a pinched nerve
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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,472
    Until your appt with your neurosurgeon, have you tried heat to the areas? 
    Research what your MRI says and try to find exercises that would be safe. Also, make notes of questions and concerns for your doctor. You have to be an advocate for your own health.
    You are too young to be going thru this but be positive. Maybe it can be fixed.
    I have to same problem with the muscles in my back, especially on the left side. It's literally the size of a football that goes from my waist line to my shoulder blade. But I have scoliosis which is pulling on the muscles. But yes, it hurts.
    Please let us know what you find out and hank in there.
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  • ArizonaAArizona ArizonaPosts: 202
    Have you tried rubbing in ointments?  I have had some success with a  combination of lidocaine and dmso.  Absorbine is pretty good too.  Then there is a  TENS machine to try.  And heat and/or ice.  Don't overdo tylenol.  It can mess up your liver.  How about tramadol in combination with ibuprofin?  Those are some of the things I've done for my nerve pain.  
  • So I have a herniated disc BUT the Mri was 5 months ago. We're doing another this Friday but again... my leg is getting heavier and heavier, to the point where I feel like I should just collapse under it trying to walk. I don't know what to do. I feel like I'm losing the feeling in my leg but I don't have any tingling, just heavy weakness
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  • Ellen625EEllen625 New Jersey, USPosts: 757
    Hopefully your new mri will help diagnose your issue. From there you and your doctor should come up with a plan for treatment. Make sure you get every question answered and explained so you understand. Perhaps you should bring someone with you, a parent?
  • Well the leg thing is a new development but my surgical doctor said that there was enough evidence to go to surgery without physical therapy so I can't imagine what it looks like now... I brought my mom to the neurosurgery clinic with me and we both agreed on surgery. She's also coming with to the mri
  • hello, varian!

    i'm very sorry to hear you're struggling.  when there's no relief, it makes the struggle that much more difficult.  it sounds like you have great support from your mom, and believe you me, that is so important when you're enduring tough times! it's also good to have someone with you at the appointments--when you hear news that isn't so great, sometimes the brain just shuts itself down, and you miss things the doctor said.  having your mother there to witness (yes, she can go back with you into the exam room!!) appointments is smart.

    i'd like to welcome you to spine-health!  please click on the following link for some helpful information to get you started!

    welcome to spine-health 
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
  • Update:

    My cat scratched me on my leg I'm losing feeling in and I didn't feel it. I knew he did it but it didn't hurt. 
  • Hi Varian.  So sorry you are suffering this shocking pain.  It takes over your life at times and is difficult to explain to others sometimes.  Memerainbolt made a suggestion of heat which really worked for me during my screaming/swearing stage when I first herniated L5/S1.  For me I found a hot water bottle around my upper thigh/hip area worked to relax some of the muscles.  I had a massive left hand lean from my muscles trying to pull my body away from the herniation.

    Are you able to discuss your medical problems with college and see if they are able to assist with mobility between classes?  Or maybe ask advice at your appointment for assistance with this until your surgery?

    It is worrying to have numbness in limbs and not be able to feel injury.  I have permanent numbness in my foot, calf and thigh and never walk around in bare feet now, to try to protect my feet from anything I can't feel.  I have discovered a large bruise under my toenail this week.  I have no idea how it happened but it must have been something heavy to cause this type of injury.  Please be more aware of sitting near heat sources/open fires etc to prevent any burns.  And always use a cover on hot water bottles if you use one.

    I hope your appointment will confirm what relief you are able to get, either via surgery or physio.  I by passed physio as well as my herniation was too large for physio to help.

    I think somebody suggested tramadol and ibuprofen, which was the my prescription with valium for the first 3 weeks.

    Sending healing thoughts your way


    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
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