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Old 01-07-2012, 12:08 PM   #1
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[COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"][/COLOR][SIZE="5"][COLOR="DeepSkyBlue"][/COLOR][/SIZE]Hi! im Stasia. im 23 years old, well actually just turned 23 today, i have 4 bulging discs in my lower back. we are really unsure as to what caused this seing as how it seemed that i had no actual accident. my kids were 10 months old when it happened. i was sitting at my dining room table and all i did was turn to put my son in his bouncer seat. all of a sudden i had excruciating pain. it took 3 months + to find out what was wrong and even then i really didnt find relief. my pcp's nurse told me that shes never seen someone so young with such a bad back. although i was told that AND could hardly walk i was in so much pain i was not given anything for the pain. i cried daily what bothered me the most was the fact that i could not pick my sons up. i was then refered to a neurologist. once again no help. he basically told me to live with it and dont do anything to agitate it. well, anyone who has this problem knows EVERYTHING agitates it. eventually he sent me to a pain clinic to get shots in my back. the shots did nothing to help, but for the 3 months i went there they did give me pain meds which helped. after i got the third shot and i realized it was not helping i told them i did not want to continue the shots as they were making it worse so they dropped me. went another year in constant pain and changed to a new pcp as the old one seemed to not know general medicine very well. new pcp gave some releif as she prescribed me a low dose vicodin. it did not take the pain fully away but i was actually able to sleep at night and fairly able to walk. she eventually sent me to a pm specialist. i have been with this specialist for about 6 months now and im on percocet 5s. im starting to notice that they are not really working any more but im afraid to tell the dr that as im afraid he will say then i need to be taken off of all pain meds. i dont want to go back to the way i was before him. i was in constant debilitating pain. i could not move around much and i pretty much sat on my couch crying in pain all day. i dont want to be on pain meds all my life, but i was also told that my back is not quite at the point to get surgery and even if i did get it i still have a chance of it either not working or making it worse. im so lost im afraid to ask for a different med seeing as how when i did that at the other clinic they changed me from perc 5s to the lowest dose of vicodin. what can i do to help me? could muscle relaxers help me? i know before i was diagnosed the first time i went to the er for this they gave me vallium for a muscle relaxer and that helped in combination with an iv pain med which i cant remember what it was. sorry for this being so long im just so frustrated because im afraid to go back to being in such pain, but the meds im on now are barely helping any more...
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:20 PM   #2
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Re: new here and needing advice...

Happy birthday and welcome to the board. I'm sure everyone is telling you that you are too young to have so much back trouble...but, it does happen.

Did anyone suggest to you that carrying twins might have caused some of the damage to your spine? Were they large babies? Sometimes the simple movement right before the patient has a sudden onset of severe pain is really just the final straw...there has been a gradual deterioration going on for awhile, and that final movement was just that -- the final thing that brought about the "injury."

Have you been to a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon for review of your MRI and a proper diagnosis? It may be that something more could be done for you than just pain management.

 
Old 01-07-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Re: new here and needing advice...

[QUOTE=tetonteri66;4906483]Happy birthday and welcome to the board. I'm sure everyone is telling you that you are too young to have so much back trouble...but, it does happen.

Did anyone suggest to you that carrying twins might have caused some of the damage to your spine? Were they large babies? Sometimes the simple movement right before the patient has a sudden onset of severe pain is really just the final straw...there has been a gradual deterioration going on for awhile, and that final movement was just that -- the final thing that brought about the "injury."

Have you been to a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon for review of your MRI and a proper diagnosis? It may be that something more could be done for you than just pain management.[/QUOTE]

my mom suggested that carrying twins might have caused it. i thaught that it was because when they did the spinal for the c-section i jumped. i have been to a neurosurgeon, but he wanted a new mri because of it being a year old and the pain getting so signifigantly worse in the last 9 months, but because i have no health insurance i could not get it and until i got the new mri he could not make any decisions. i have done physical therapy twice, i got shots in my back, my husband is a massage therapist and he works on my back 3 times a week. ive tried a number of holistic methods, but nothing that seems to help and in fact the physical therapy made it worse. when i went to the neurosurgeon he said that my symptoms and the fact that the pain got so much worse so quickly he said that i may have finally herniated my discs which is ironically what i was praying for to get the surgery before i lost my insurance, it just so happened to happen AFTER i lost my insurance so we cant even know for sure if they are herniated. honestly i wish that the physical therapy would have helped like ive heard it helped so many other people because this is not a pain i would wish on my worst enemy. i would prefer natural child birth a million times over 1 day of this pain honestly. i feel like not only have i been ripped off of a normal happy healthy life, but my kids have been ripped off of a mommy that is able to run with them and sit on the floor and play with them and wrestle with them and play sports with them, which is the mommy they deserve, but instead theyre stuck with a mommy that can hardly walk some days and cant really pick them up or do much of anything for them anymore. also thanks for the happy birthday wish... sorry this was so long i know i tend to ramble...

 
Old 01-07-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Re: new here and needing advice...

ty for your birthday wishes and for your reply. i have tried other methods before this point. ive done physical therapy twice, ive had the shots in my back, my husband is a massage therapist and he works on my back 3 times a week, plus ive tried numerous holistic methods also. i did see a neurosurgeon about 9 months ago, right after i lost my medical insurance. he said that with the symptoms and the fact that the pain got so much worse so quick that i may have herniated discs now, but wanted a new mri before we discus any options, unfortionately with no insurance an mri is out of the question. so pretty much until i get health insurance back this is my only option. i really wish the shots or physical therapy would have helped the way it helped so many others, i really feel ripped off of the happy healthy life i deserve not only that but i feel like my kids have been ripped off of the mommy that can get down on the floor and play with them for hours and wrestle and run out in the yard with them and thats the mommy they really deserve. i would do anything to get back to the person who was fairly pain free. id rather go through a million drug free labors than deal with a day of this pain. my mom did suggest that carrying my boys may have done it to me im leaning more towards the idea that when i got the spinal block for my c-section and i jumped i screwed my back up as ive been told that if you move when you get a spinal that you could actually become paralyzed. i didnt mean to jump he was just back there for so long i thought the needle was already in so when he put the needle in he scared me... sorry this is so long i have a tendency to ramble.

 
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