In addition to my back problems listed in my signature, I also have spina bifida occulta. SBO is a birth defect that is usually passed down genetically. There does not appear to be any evidence that SBO will directly cause back pain. However, it has been speculated that the SBO causes weakness in the vertabrae which may contribute to some back pain.
Before I injured my back seriously, I suffered from minor lower back pain for as long as I can remember. I am assuming that it was because of the SBO, but it was nothing a few Motrin wouldn't help.
I hope this helps to answer some of your questions.
05/01 - DDD L5/S1 w/annular tear diagnosed, no specific injury.
08/01 - 8 weeks physical therapy.
Fall 2001 - Series of 3 Epidural injections.
01/02 - 8 weeks physical therapy.
02/02 - Bi-lateral Facet block injections.
04/02 - Began 3 months with chiropractor.
01/03 - Series of 2 Epidural injections.
06/03 - Considering Prodisc ADR, scheduled for Discogram 08/06/03.
08/06/03 - Discogram completed. Results were positive for degeneration and annular tear.
Scheduled for Prodisc ADR in NYC as part of clinical trials on 10/21/03. Insurance company has already approved!!!