... med because I'm 19. I have pain from the time I wake up, until bed, persisting all throughout the day worse by the hour. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any help I can get? I'm willing to try anything... also, I weigh abt 190 lbs. And have had no trama to do this. I've lost weight and no help. Any one have any ideas on help?
Physical Therapy. If it's just bulging and not herniated or ruptured there is lots to be done, and you're so young. You Dr is doing you a huge favor by not creating a dependence. Get a PT who knows how to work with this and give it some time. Your body will heal all on its own.
Dear Lizzy, have you seen an orthopedic dr, that is who diagnoses and treats back problems. If you are only 19, and have 14 bulging discs, the dr needs to find out why, since you say you have not had a trauma to your back. What type of dr told you that you have 14 bulging discs? Honestly, you need to find out why they are bulging, that is NOT a few bulging discs, thats many bulging discs. Most likely. They will run an MRI and other tests, then ask you to do some physical therapy to help strengthen the back muscles, they may rx anti inflammatory meds, possibly steroids, to alleviate the bulging. If you refuse the physical therapy, it sends a message to the dr, that you are resistant to standard treatment, and it will make you appear as a drug seeker.
Not a judgement, just to let you know, if you walk in there, say I have 14 bulging discs, I hurt all the time, but I just want pain meds, and I am NOT willing to attempt to help myself by strengthening my back, it will be put in your chart. Massages may help, a tens unit, some chiropractic treatment may help, but first, get it properly diagnosed by an orthopedic dr and at least try to do what they ask you to. It is possible that if they determine that you really DO have 14 bulging discs, they may give you some opiate rx pain killers, as well as the anti inflammatory meds, but with that many, I am sure a good orthopedist will want to get to the bottom of why you have that many at your young age. There is much pressure on the drs, NOT to give opiates right now, not just to you because you a young and there is the high possibility you could become opiate dependent. Other patients are having real tough time trying to get them as well. If an orthopedist did diagnose the 14 bulging discs, and yu got no answers or help, you need to see another one. The pain meds will mask the pain, but it may get worse, so, yu want to try and treat the cause as well as alleviate the pain. Patti
Thankx for the responces! And I think you missread my overall. Lol but its fine. I don't have 14 bulging disk. The dr was just at a local hospital near where I live. They just told me "it seems you have a few bulging disks" I've had my ct scan that revealed those results. And the have sent a refural for a mri and also, today I found out that I've been approved for my theropy. So yayy for that! :) its just been going on for months now, and I'm tired of hurting. It don't go away, and the drs. Don't seem to care much, if I had insurance, id be better off, sadly, I don't so I have to play this waiting game and its quite irratating is all. The refural came in back in may, and no one nottified me, maybe I could have had things done by now...
Also, patti, I didn't read your entire response, until a few seconds ago. I'm on my mobile, so it don't show all of it I guess. Sorry! And I've been back and fourth to the dr. The same dr, I'm glad they have accepted me into theropy because they said that's what would help the buldging disks. So hopefully it will! :) I'm also hoping to get the mri to see for sure what's going on back there, so maybe I can understand what will help. Thank u so much for your words. They really mean a lot! :) but one more quick question, would you happen to know what goes on during an mri? Like procedure wise?
There are a few things you can do try hanging upside down for 5-10 mins in the morning. Alive works bayer arthritis works also if that don't help go talk to your doc and see if he can see if you have a sliped disc or just a tweaked back you will more the Likely get tramadol per scribed to you just take it like the doc tells you
Lizzy, I doubt you'd be treated any differently if you had insurance, honestly. Most back pain improves on its own within 1-2 years. Physical therapy can help to strengthen weak muscles. If you are heavy and have a belly, it pulls on the back and causes pain. I am overweight too although I've gotten more overweight since I hurt my back and have been though steroid shots and all of that without much relief. Some people find that epidurals really do help and may get 6 months to years relief from them. Drs are getting away, more and more, from treating back pain with opioids. Truly, if I had it to do over again, I would not get started on them. Once you start taking them, you begin to rely on them and you can become a slave to them-always worrying that you have them, planning vacations around them, it is a pain in of itself.
You are really much better off using heat, ice, massage, trigger point injections, epidurals etc. before you start in on opioids. Back pain is something that once you have it, you usually struggle with it all of your life if it stays beyond the 1-2 year mark. You are young and your body still has strong recuperative powers! Work on strengthening those muscles. Fit muscles work much better than weak ones. Strengthen your core muscles. Try using the OTC's. Try Aleve, it is one of the best OTCs because it is an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. Hang in there girl! I know it hurts. I ache and pain every day and it sucks! My discs are L4, L5 and S1 with a combo of disc herniation, bulges and degenerations. I do understand the pain. Chiropractic can be very helpful too. Many chiros will work with you on payments.
Hi Lizzy, just wanted you to know I had a Huge herniation at T-10 a few years ago but now it is gone - back to normal. Also, science is finding that the opiate pain meds really can cause more pain over time. And I know from experience just how hard it is to wean off them. I know you're tired of dealing with it, but truly learning in physical therapy how to strengthen weak muscles, then really staying fit and trim will serve you well, hopefully for a lifetime. Just don't allow a spinal surgery until you exhaust all other options, as there is no going back. Best wishes - ElizaJane
Definately start physical therapy it really does help alot. I have 4 bulging disc & therapy really helped as they show you exercises you can do to strengthen your neck & back. Once you get insurance again if you are still in pain you might check into a TENS machine they are a great releif. They are pads that you put on your back or anywhere you hurt & they connect to an electronic machine & sends electrical shocks & help so much with the pain.
But definately start your therapy & make sure to tell your therapist you have NO insurance. That way they will make sure to show you exercises you can do at home. But definately try to do everything you can so you don't have to Start on pain medications at such a young age. I wish you the best & let us know how things go.
Great news for all that respondes to my question! I'm cherokee indian, and went to the indian health care center a few weeks back. They told me to start PT, as I will be going on the 5th, not only did I get a refural for that, but also, a free mri scan. I've been hurting a while now, and I'm just so happy that things are finally looking up :) I will keep everyone posted on how things go. Thank you all, truely from the bottem of my heart. Knowing people go through pain every day, like myself has helped and I appreciate every ones kind words. Thank you again
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