Young Spinal Patient - Microdiscectomy L4-L5/S1
I am very thankful I found this community. Reading some of the posts and hearing details has given me a sense of support already. My daughter is about to turn 16 and has back issues that came about in the fall of 2008.
After months of back pain she received a diagnosis of Spondylosis/Degenerative Disc Disease. Her MRI showed a back of an 80 year old woman, or someone who had been injured greatly. It also showed a pronounced herniation at L4-L5/S1 with a bulging at L3-L4 as well Her condition worsened rapidly and resulted in a microdiscectomy of at L4-L5/S1. It was severe and was accompanied by an annular tear. The anomaly is the fact she is in no way an athlete, nor has ever been in an accident. ***She is in no way, shape, or form overweight. She is very tall, fit and gently exercises to help her back. Her doctor seems to believe it could be a genetic issue.
Originally she presented with back pain, leg pain, and eventually cauda equina syndrome. She was operated on as an emergent case when the feeling in her legs began to lessen. Her surgery went VERY well. Things seemed to be a.o.k.
Unfortunately, she has begun to have lower back pain again. She has identified it as an 8 on a pain scale of 1-10. The pain lasted about two weeks, though has lessened some. She began taking 600mg of Motrin 3x a day. As a mom I worry - obviously. Though her pain comes and goes (like when her issue first began) I worry about a recurrence.
I am interested in hearing from people who have experience something similar. Is this something my daughter will likely live with the rest of her life intermittently? Or could this be a sign? She is just sooooo young to be dealing with all of this.