I've been reading posts on this site all night and finally decided I needed to join and post. I'd like to start off first I'm 21 years old father with a gorgeous year old daughter and weigh roughly 145 and have been about that for the past few years. I've always done labor work for work, construction, roofing, etc. I started having chronic lower back pain about 2 years ago, went to my primary doctor (whose no longer mine) about it and he told me it was stress related and prescribed me 120 .5 xanax 4 times a day. They did help with my anxiety but did nothing for the back pain. we then tried every non norco pain killer, tramdols too which did nothing. About a month ago I went to the Orthopedic doctor myself and told him about the pain and we did an x-ray, I had read that x-rays don't show much about the spine unless you have some type of bone spur or fracture, he told me my spine looked decent, slight scoliosis. I then asked him to do an MRI he said it would be a waste being so young, but he agreed to do it. Two days later I received a call saying that they found 3 herniated discs which one is pushing into my thecal sac(was told that was my spinal column?), diagnosed me with degenerative disc decease. Theres more, but I can't find my mri results right now, something about narrowing where the nerves break off down into the legs? stenosis? My Pain management doctor I finally was able to see would like to try cortisone shots and I'm completely up for them, but he wont seem to prescribe me any type of norco which i can understand being so young, but I am in constant pain and I'm just not the type of person who likes giving into it, i have a high pain tolerance and i just keep moving. the past three months though have been the worst. horrible flares at times, my daughter just starting walking so i think it has much to do with that, oh by the way i was told not to lift more then 20 pounds, Lucy, my goober weighs 25, and there is no way I'm not holding my baby, anyways sorry to get off topic but pretty much I'm writing this because i just don't know what to do. when the flare comes I go to the er and they'll prescribe me a few days worth of either hydrocodone or oxycodone they work, but I feel like in only just a few days i fell dependent on them already because they actually take the pain away and i can function. I would just like any ones feed back really, please keep it positive. thank you, Goober92010 aka John
If at all possible try to stay away from the opiates is my first suggestion. There are other avenues to try before becoming dependent on them. The cortisone shots may be enough. There are some other non narcotic pain meds you could inquire about such as Lyrica or a non steroidal anti inflammatory such as Celebrex. Don't know for sure if these would be of any help but worth asking the doctor. As side from the medicinal therapy you could also try physical therapy to help alleviate stress on the sites of herniation. The doctor would be the one to advise and prescribe this type therapy.
I just want to say welcome to this site!!
I too suffer from chronic pain that started in my twenties, I am now almost 37 and I know how difficult it is, especially with a wee one!!
How can you NOT want to hold your daughter? I certainly would do the same!!
I do hope you can find a solution to your chronic pain, whether it be narcotic or something healthier, like what LaurieShay suggested, something like Lyrica or Neurontin?
Best wishes to you,
Hey there, I can relate to your story as when I first began with my back problem not a Doctor around seemed to be able to help me. Try not to get discouraged listen to your pain management Dr. and do as he/she asks... what doesn't work for you make sure you tell them this and then try the next thing on the list. If you have DDD among the countless other things you obviously are not lying and it is just a matter of gainning a repor with your Dr. and you. Yes, I know it can be frustrating but with a little time and patience on your part you will become a happier person knowing that your Dr.'s are doing everything they can for you. I have done so many sessions of P.T., water thepery, steriod injections, pinpoint injections, too many non-Narcotic drugs to count, along with antidepressants and after all of this (believe me I was not happy) Finally, they placed me on a long acting pain medicine...
but you have to go through the craziness to get to the relief you may be wanting and who is to say you may get relief from anyone of the above. Just hang in there and do your best to stay positive, Doctors have a hard job of seperating liars from truth and it is important you always do as the doctor requests; Obviously within reason, and if you do not agree get a second opinion.
Good Luck to you,
Studies show that even backs with herniated discs get better within a year even with conservative treatment. You are young and your back will probably hurt on and off for the rest of your life. It may not be constant but you may have flares, on and off, of bad days. Wait to start the opioids as long as you can. Once you start them, it is hard to get away from them and as young as you are you could get on sky high doses before you are 30 or 40, then what? Try the steroid injections, plan on three in a row. They may work quite well for you. Pain management is also about adjusting your expectations. Once you have chronic pain, you may never be totally "pain free" again (and I know that is hard to think about when you are so young) but if you can get it down to a manageable amount to where you can get most of your work done then you are doing as well as can be expected. Save the opioids for until you just cant stand it no more.
As far as not holding your daughter, no one telling you not to hold her-just dont lift her off the ground. Sit on the couch and allow her to crawl up in your lap. Try not to lift her up off the floor much. You could really worsen a herniation. Also try not to do much twisting of your torso. Stay away from baseball/softball, mopping floors-anything that allows your torso to twist. I started out with DJD in my twenties too only mine started in my neck and upper back first. I thought that was bad but it was much worse once it affected my low back when I was in my 30's. I was like you and I kept on doing things like lifting, tugging, pulling then one day something happened that laid me up! I thought my pain was bad before but this was just exquisite. I went from needing Vicodin to needing OxyContin or morphine. If I hadnt started out so early taking opioids, I probably could get by on less powerful stuff today. So try to stay off the opioids as long as you can. Be sure to strengthen your core abdominal muscles-this can really help. You dont have to stop living, you just have to start making some adjustments.
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