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josie24jjosie24 Posts: 1
edited 03/22/2015 - 11:57 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi, I am new here to this website and I am 20 years old turning 21 next month. I just don't know what to do anymore. I honestly don't know what is wrong with me. I read the diagnosis I have I don't understand it fully..The doctor told me I just have two tears on my spine and bulge. Is it common for 20's year old to have problems with their back.. I hear it from the spine specialisit and others saying your 20 years old you shouldn't be having problems with your spine. He make it sound like is soo shocking to have problems with my lower back.. But when I read the diagnosis I feel like there is more to that.

L3-L4 : Disk desiccation is present with a right subarticular recess 4mm disk protrusion and annular tear present. Mild bilateral facet arthropathy is noted. The AP canal dimension is 8.8mm. This results in a mild central, right subarticular recess stenosis and no appreciable neural foraminal stenosis.
L4-L5: Disk desiccation and a central 5mm disk protrusion and annular tear is noted. Associated bilateral facet arthropathy is noted. The AP canal dimension is 11mm. This results in a mild ventral impression on the thecal sac without significant central, subarticular recess, or neural foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1: A mild broad-based bulge is present with bilateral fact arthropathy. No significant central canal stenosis, subarticular recess stenosis or neutral foraminal stenosis is present.

Is confusing to me. The doctor told me physical therapy won't do good for me it will just ruin my spine even more he also said surgery is not good either. He said my two best option is an epidural steroid injection or take new different medications. I hate medication I can't stand it I do not like the side-effects it gives me. I am not big fan of it. I am scared to take the epidural injection the side-effects just scares me in general. I am willing to try it .But Is it really the way to go?? Does it really help?? or will the pain will just come back. I know it heals by itself but for how long is it going to take.. I am tired feeling this pain, I want to do whatever it takes but I want to be safe in the same time.


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    edited 03/22/2015 - 11:57 AM
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  • I have no input on age/diagnosis, but I also have a hard time with pain meds and only take the very minimal levels, even if it means tears and horrible pain by the end of the day(although my ability to keep that up is dwindling). FWIW, if you are afraid of the pain of the shots, for me, they are not normally any more painful than what I feel daily, in fact, quit a bit less, and most drs will allow you to take pain medication beforehand to help(depending on what you are taking, always check first with the dr). I haven't had much relief with the shots, but don't regret trying as they are a lot less invasive than surgery. I did have one take almost all my pain away for two weeks, which was wonderful, but too short. It is surprising to hear what your dr said about the PT as they can also help teach you how to avoid future injuries and adjust how you are doing things to protect your back rather than stress. Have you considered a second opinion? Definitely be upfront with your questions and ask for answers from your doctor, so you can prevent further injury.
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