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Another Newbie here....scared

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all,
I've been lurking at this site for a few months now. I love all the information and everyone seems so supportive of one another and that is what I could really use right now because I am scared out of my mind.
So a little about me. My name is Heather, I'm 28, married with twin 6 y.o. boys. I've had back pain on and off for about 5 years and was coping up until last summer when the pain became intense, constant, relentless....My right leg started to go numb, stabbing pains in my hip and lower back, and mid back.
Had MRI Sept 08. of Lumbar.
I have a central disk protrusion at L3/L4 with mild effacment of thecal sac.
A mild disk bulge at L4/L5 with mild neural foramen narrowing and minimal effacement of the thecal sac.
Modedrate disk bulge at L5/Sl with mild effacement of thecal sac and severe neural foramen narrowing and Grade I anterolisthsis.
To make a long story short, I was unable to follow up with my Dr at the time b/c of insurance issues and finances.
Fortunately I was referred to a public health proram and I am one step away from getting all of that taken care of so I can get in to see my Dr again.
I just went to the ER the other night after two weeks of "crying my eyes out" pain. She had an Xray done and found that My Grade I spondylolithesis at L5/Sl is now at a Grade II JOY:) And I haven't even gotten the mid section (Thoratic?)of my back checked out yet.
I am just terrified. I know what herniations are. I know what stenosis is. It's just hard to wrap my brain around it. I'm 28 but I feel 82. I beat myself up because I think I shouldn't feel this bad, I shouldn't be in this much pain. I should be stronger than this....
It's been alot to take in. I don't know what lies ahead for me and of course that scares me.
I'm glad I found this place.



  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am so glad you stopped by.. :D there are alot of treatments out now for your pain problems. =D> think positive and i know this doctor will guide you in the right direction. :D i am on medi-cal and have excellent care when i can get it! LOL! have a look around and make yourself at home. we are here for you! >:D< good luck! :D Jenny :)
  • Hi Heather,
    I'm Sharon and I am relatively new here myself. The fact that you sought help and encouragement here says a lot about your strength. I have a lot of stenosis in my lumbar area with a lot of radiation of the back pain to my legs making it very difficult to walk more than a few steps. It is very real and very scary when you don't feel like yourself. I am 60 but I am a very young 60 in every area of my life except my back. I can understand feeling 82. Because of finances I am living at the Senior housing in my little town--all the people almost twice my age get around better than I do. Hopefully, your age will be of benefit to you if you are strong and healthy except for your back--being younger could be a benefit toward the healing process. This is a great place to come for encouragement so hang in with us, and we will hang in for you. I have learned a lot to help me cope and you will also. God Bless, Sharon
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  • Heather
    you are very strong but there comes a time when it's nice to talk to people who get it. Back problems & Pain like cancer has no boundaries, anyone can suffer. Women especially moms especially moms with young children feel they "should be stronger" it does NOT mean you are weak it means you've got a process going on in your back that is very real and very normal to have symptoms you are having. I hope they gave you a prescription for pain medicine to help you, if not usually a primary will do so as you're waiting to see a specialist.

    I know it's very frustrating as you probably can do something 1 day and not another. I can tell you the spondy is graded 1-4 so 2 isn't terrible but it will also depend on what else is going on. If you've gotten worse a MRI repeat would probably be prudent.

    I'm sure those twins keep you busy but take care of yourself so as to not aggrevate your pain or make things worse. Try not to lift, limit bending and twisting. Use your legs and squat w/good body mechanics and no playing football, just kidding =))

    feel free to PM if you need to talk
    take care and hopefully you're getting in to see the doc soon.
    good luck

  • Thanks for the warm welcome and encouraging words and advice....that's why I truly love this forum. You do "get it".
    Jenny~June l2th I go in to finish all the red tape and then I can finally make a doctors appointment yeah :) Until then, Ice and Motrin are my two best friends.
    Sharon-even though we are ages apart I can relate to your story. My mother is only 55 and in a nursing home....same situation there, pepole far older than she are up walking around while she can't even lift her legs. Even I feel the same way in a sense. I see people my age going to the beach, hiking, biking, camping, playing with their kids and I can't. Not that I won't....I can't. I think that's the toughest part of all of this. I don't feel like I have control over my body. I'll do things for spite to prove that I can handle it and end up damaging myself more. (don't worry I've learned my lesson.....for now)
    pettynme-thanks for the advice as well, I ended up kicking myself the other day when I forgot to ask the ER Dr. what things I should be avoiding.

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