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Old 01-01-2017, 09:31 PM   #1
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18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

I'm 18 and can't make it through the day without popping pain killers like oxycodone or vicoden. Advil doesnt work for me anymore. Imagine everyday for 3 years straight waking up and knowing you already gave up the things you love most and then dealing with excruciating pain in your back every single day. I wake up and I have pain that feels like my intestines are going to burst out of my lower back. Its a pulsating pain that sends a shockwave through my back. I don't even know what to do anymore, I cant do anything. I lay around all day and dont even want to eat. Then i go to work and bust my *** for minimum wage income and it takes my pain level from a 5 to a 10. I have a huge passion for fitness and working out yet I can't even go to the gym anymore. It's like everything I love is just getting taken right away from me. I grew up playing soccer and absolutely loved it. I played all the way up until high school when I was just preparing to commit to play college soccer. That is until I got that stripped from me with injuries. The same back pain im feeling now is part of what kept me from playing then. I started lifting and fell in love with it. Now I sit here and cant even make it to the gym. It's really difficult trying to explain to your friends you can't hangout with them because you are in pain. A lot of times they just dont get it. They think of it as something little that isnt a big deal. When in reality its something that has taken over my life. I just want to be able to do the things I love. No one gets it. I don't even tell anyone anymore because most people dont care and either way they'll never get it. Its too much explaining for me to do. Especially when I still don't have a diagnosis for my pain. People will say "oh just go to the chiropractor you'll be fine" .... Ive heard it millions of times. But no.. i have been to a chiropractor and just about every doctor I could see in my city. I have done a year of physical therapy to see no progress. Its only gotten worse. I just want to be normal. I know when you read this you might think im exaggerating. Believe me i count my blessings. The only thing that keeps me going is to think about the people who have it much worse. I pray and don't receive. I wish for healing from god and I try to tell myself it's just a little bump on the road. I know god has a plan for me and he's making me go through this for a reason. I just hope he can get me through this much quicker. There was a week when my pain was so bad I laid flat with a heating pad on all day long. That same week I wanted to kill myself. All I was doing was laying there thinking about what my future would entitle. I laid there and was thinking that if I had to feel this pain for longer I would rather be gone. Although im still depressed, in that week I felt like I hit rock bottom. I feel like my life has been on pause and im praying for god to press play so I can get back to doing what I love. I have too many feelings and I could easily continue typing but I feel like I need to cut it off here. All I can say is if any year could be my best it would be 2017 because as soon as the pain goes away I'll be alive again. I can't even imagine what it would feel like for me to wake up with no pain and start my day. If I could have just one day with no pain it would be the best day of my life.

 
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Old 01-02-2017, 12:44 AM   #2
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

It sounds like you are suffering from something extremely painful and that's terrible it happened when you were so young. I'm sorry you are in so much distress, and it must be frustrating not to be able to do what you love the most. It makes me think of people who have lost an arm or a leg who used to have sports be their whole life. They do become incapacitated for a time, but then they find a way to keep doing what they always loved, maybe by using a prosthetic or using the other limbs. It may take them a long time to get back to it, but they have that dream.
Its good to keep a positive mind even when life looks bleak, because if you can get through this, it will make you a better and stronger person. I'm old so I know this is what happens when you face adversity. Don't think you won't ever get back to it, because you're still young, and the body can heal itself almost miraculously when you are younger. But you have to give your body time...you can't rush it or you might end up injuring yourself worse.
No one knows your pain but you, and other people think they might be helping, but its true they don't help sometimes. You have to keep your mind busy until your body heals itself. Find a way to teach yourself something new everyday, even if you don't feel like it. Be stronger than the pain that is dictating to you now. Then you can look back at what you accomplished during this time, and not look back later and say, "All that time was wasted." So don't waste it. And if you believe in God, then surely you must know he doesn't want you to waste your life either, but find a way to still use your life, but in a different way.
When I was 16, I loved sports, but I found I had bad knees(due to genetics) and that prevented me from doing some things, such as basketball because I couldn't leap into the air, but I learned to do other activities that kept me feeling happy. I found if I was careful, I could play some baseball and do some track. But I had to learn to build my muscle strength gradually around my kneecaps by doing certain exercises which allowed me more function.
Eventually, though, I had to stop doing sports. I had to learn to do other things, have other interests, because life doesn't stop, it keeps going.
I've felt bitter, desillusioned, disappointed, you name it. We all have our tribulations, very different ones. But I still can feel for your pain and wish you didn't have to have it, wish you didn't have to go through this.
Are your parents able to be supportive? Hopefully you have people in your life that give you support, because that is what makes all the difference when facing something like this.
I hope you do find a diagnosis for what's going on with you so you can move on in your future. All my best wishes to you and your family as you go through this difficult time.

 
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:04 AM   #3
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

Thanks kanded. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time out of your day to reply. You're right life keeps going and I need to find new interests rather than being upset that I can't do the things I love. My parents support me and pay a ridiculous amount of money in health care. It also ashames me that all the money they work for goes toward my health. I hope to find a solution asap. Thanks again, you're a great person.

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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

Welcome to the board. I would like to know, in more detail, about your symptoms. When do you have pain? What makes it better or worse? Does it come and go or is it constant? When it first began, did it come on gradually, or suddenly? Back pain can be a symptom of many issues, including many that do not involve issues going on in the spine. I would assume you have had various blood tests, etc. to check for kidney disease, etc. Have doctors mostly explored internal organ issues or issues of the back and spine?

How long did you play soccer? How old were you when you stopped? How intense was the training?

And finally, what types of doctors have you seen? Have you had a flexion/extension X-ray of the spine? MRI?

 
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Old 01-02-2017, 06:14 PM   #5
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[QUOTE=teteri66;5444855]Welcome to the board. I would like to know, in more detail, about your symptoms. When do you have pain? What makes it better or worse? Does it come and go or is it constant? When it first began, did it come on gradually, or suddenly? Back pain can be a symptom of many issues, including many that do not involve issues going on in the spine. I would assume you have had various blood tests, etc. to check for kidney disease, etc. Have doctors mostly explored internal organ issues or issues of the back and spine?

How long did you play soccer? How old were you when you stopped? How intense was the training?

And finally, what types of doctors have you seen? Have you had a flexion/extension X-ray of the spine? MRI?[/QUOTE]


I have constant pain all the time whether im laying, standing, or sleeping. Things that make it better temporarily would be heat, pain meds. When it first started up it wasn't as bad and at times it would flare up. I have had tons of blood tests, MRI, catskan and xrays. Most of the doctors looked more into the spne and muscular aspect. I tried strengthening, I stretch everyday. The mris, xrays, etc. came back good. Doctors said everything is strucurally normal. Last doctor I saw said he wants to cross off any type of muscular/spine issues and reffered me to a gastroenterologist. I have an upcoming appointment in which they'll probably do an endoscopy. I played soccer for over 10 years and played competetive for about 5-7 years. The training was pretty intense, I finished off my senior year playing through injuries in which I had bad hips. Ive seen rheumatolgists, chiros, physical therapists, spine doctors and thats about all I can think of but sure there's a few more.

 
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Old 01-03-2017, 06:07 AM   #6
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

Sometimes when an adolescent has been deeply involved in a sport where the back is in extension such as gymnastics, diving or dance, or where there is contact like football, rugby, etc., a condition called spondylolisthesis develops. It is caused by a pars defect which is like a small fracture in a small bone of the spine...which allows one vertebra to slip over the top of the adjacent vertebra. It can cause instability in the area of the spine where it occurs. It is best picked up on a flexion/extension X-ray. That's why I asked about your soccer, but it would have been picked up when you were evaluated by a spine doctor. Sometimes other specialists like a PCP/internist or pain management doc will overlook it on MRI....but I feel confident this is not your issue.

I can see why you are being referred to a gastroenterologist.

Again, I don't feel I understand what your symptoms are. Saying "I have constant pain" doesn't tell me much. Is it an over-all body ache, or ??

 
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Old 01-03-2017, 06:47 AM   #7
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

Please tell me about the hip injuries you had when you were playing soccer.

 
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Old 01-03-2017, 09:40 AM   #8
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Fibromyalgia??

 
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:56 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=teteri66;5444970]Sometimes when an adolescent has been deeply involved in a sport where the back is in extension such as gymnastics, diving or dance, or where there is contact like football, rugby, etc., a condition called spondylolisthesis develops. It is caused by a pars defect which is like a small fracture in a small bone of the spine...which allows one vertebra to slip over the top of the adjacent vertebra. It can cause instability in the area of the spine where it occurs. It is best picked up on a flexion/extension X-ray. That's why I asked about your soccer, but it would have been picked up when you were evaluated by a spine doctor. Sometimes other specialists like a PCP/internist or pain management doc will overlook it on MRI....but I feel confident this is not your issue.

I can see why you are being referred to a gastroenterologist.

Again, I don't feel I understand what your symptoms are. Saying "I have constant pain" doesn't tell me much. Is it an over-all body ache, or ??[/QUOTE]

So pretty much when I say constant pain I'm taking about low to mid back pain that is constant throughout the day. It gets worse with activity, which is why I have stopped going to the gym. The pain is felt prinarily on my sides apart from the spine. It's like a pulsating pain that just aches and aches. I did try a gluten free diet for 2 weeks where I didn't notice a difference. When I was playing soccer my hips would get extremely sore in the hip floexor/groin region. If I were to go out and kick a few balls the next day it would get so sore to the point where I wasnt able to play. I was still having back issues but it was more localized in my SI joints. I could very well still get this issue but I have resided from playing.

 
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Old 01-04-2017, 05:55 AM   #10
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

Did you have a flexion-extension X-ray to check for spondylolisthesis? I must have misunderstood because I thought you were having something like abdominal pain. But you say it is lower back. Do you have any radiating pain into a thigh or leg? How about buttocks?

 
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Re: 18 y/o with chronic back pain for years- cant find diagnosis

[QUOTE=teteri66;5445119]Did you have a flexion-extension X-ray to check for spondylolisthesis? I must have misunderstood because I thought you were having something like abdominal pain. But you say it is lower back. Do you have any radiating pain into a thigh or leg? How about buttocks?[/QUOTE]

Yes I had the xrays, catskans and mri overtime and last one was just a few weeks ago and came back structurally normal with no sign of spondylolisthesis. I also tend to get stomach aches after eating but haven't looked into the GI related isssues yet. No pain in thighs or legs or butt.

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And what was wrong with hips when playing soccer?

 
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[QUOTE=teteri66;5445253]And what was wrong with hips when playing soccer?[/QUOTE]

Never really settled that either I just stopped playing and havent had trouble. Pain was what I described in reply above.

 
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[QUOTE=fitnessgeek;5444826]Thanks kanded. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time out of your day to reply. You're right life keeps going and I need to find new interests rather than being upset that I can't do the things I love. My parents support me and pay a ridiculous amount of money in health care. It also ashames me that all the money they work for goes toward my health. I hope to find a solution asap. Thanks again, you're a great person.[/QUOTE]

Herbal care is best cure for such pain. it will give you relief soon.

 
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Old 01-04-2017, 10:32 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=teteri66;5445253]And what was wrong with hips when playing soccer?[/QUOTE]

Never really settled that either I just stopped playing and havent had trouble. Pain was what I described in reply above.

 
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