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Spinal Stenosis - under age 30

Started by PinkyOber on 05/08/2010 11:21pm

I have been dealing with back issues since I was 20 years old. Now, I am nearing 30... 3 rounds of physical therapy, steroid injections, medications galore... no help. I am trying desperately to not have surgery but I dont know what else to do. I was diagnosed with Lumbar Spinal Stenosis/DDD in the L5/S1 and L4/L5 area. Lately it seems to be getting worse and not really sure what to do at this point. All the current treatments seem to be for 50+ and i am over 20 years away from that. Does anyone have some wonderful cure that would make all this go away?

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I am 35 years old but started experiencing severe pain and problems with my lower back and sciatic nerves when I was about 25 or 26 years old. I sympathize with you because I know exactly what your going through, it's very difficult to live your life in extreme pain.
I started with countless nerve blocks and physical therapy which did absolutely nothing for me, I would come home from work and lay on the floor with extreme pain (nobody knows the pain unless they have gone through the same thing). In August of 2004 I had my post-arterial lumbar fusion of L5/S1 (Incision in the front like a c-section and 2 vertical incisions on my lower back). For the first three years I did good but unfortunately after I completely healed the tissue grew on and around my screws and now have peripheral neuropathy which is nerve damage. All of my pain in my lower back and sciatic nerve came back in addition to upper back pain and tingling, numbness and pain in my arms/hands and legs/feet. I now have to have IVIG treatment through my neurologist every 10 days and looks like it will be life long. There may be new surgery techniques but the percentage of that type of surgery is very low. I wish I would have done more research before I made this diccision.
I'm not sure if this may help you completely but I have heard great things of Holistic medicine. I am going to schedule an appointment soon with one.
I hope this information will help you with your decision and ask your surgeon the right questions. I wish you much luck.

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Depending on the stage of your disc degeneration, IDD therapy has proven to be extremely effective for my patients with stage 1-3 degenerative disc disease with higher success rates in the earlier stages. Current clinical success is between 86-95% for early stage disease.

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Hi Im a 29yr old female and i have the same problem as u i have took every kind pill u can take nothing works. To be honest nobody knows what u are going through so u will have to find the best method for you. i was having muscle pain that was so bad it take me hours just to be able to stand up.i was on bed rest for months not doctors orders but i had to make a decsion for myself no work, no nothing. stretching is very very helpful. do you know how to shift your bone back in place? take time out one day and do some stretching after u sit in a hot tub of water (the hottest u can take) when u get sit on the floor legs spread apart and lean forward touching your toes its going to hurt but it will release some pressure

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Hi Im a 29yr old female and i have the same problem as u i have took every kind pill u can take nothing works. To be honest nobody knows what u are going through so u will have to find the best method for you. i was having muscle pain that was so bad it take me hours just to be able to stand up.i was on bed rest for months not doctors orders but i had to make a decsion for myself no work, no nothing. stretching is very very helpful. do you know how to shift your bone back in place? take time out one day and do some stretching after u sit in a hot tub of water (the hottest u can take) when u get sit on the floor legs spread apart and lean forward touching your toes its going to hurt but it will release some pressure

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pray and go to pain management for dea class 2 pain medication

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I am 40 and just opted for lumbar fusion L5-S1 myself. When you have exhausted all your options, then surgery is there as a last result. I suffered from back pain since I was 23 (I believe a sports injury in my early teens caused all my troubles now). Anyway, I used alternative treatments for many years that gave me lots of relief: an osteopath who does spinal manipulation (MUCH gentler than chiropractic), acupuncture and yoga. For yoga I would recommend an Iyengar instructor who can tell you what you can do without hurting yourself worse. Just in case it is useful I mention this.
If you're really considering surgery, get at least 3 opinions. Hope this helps and good luck. Many of us have been there!

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