hi everyone, my name is blair. i am 24 years old have have been living with lumbar degenerative disk disease for about a year and a half. i was diagnosed when i had an mri after prolonged chronic pain. i have been to specialists, had an epidural steroid injection, physical therapy, and i've been to a chiropractor. the only thing i got relief from was the chiropractor, but my insurance has cut off my chiropractic care for the year and i can't afford the treatments i need. i am in constant pain that i have learned to deal with, but sometimes i have very intense pain that greatly affects my daily life. i am allergic to anti-inflammatories so all i can take is tylenol which doesn't touch my pain. here recently it has been getting worse. i have had numbness and tingling in my genitals and today i have a sharp pain in my hip that only hurts when weight is applied to it. my question is do i need to go to the doctor or is this just a flare up that will go away on its own? has anyone had hip pain or is it something totally different? i am currently student teaching and having this disease is really depressing for me. i haven't even started my career and i just hope this pain doesn't hold me back. any advice helps. thank you!****************************************************************************************************** welcome to spine-health
one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.
so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.
here are some questions that you should answer:
- - when did this first start? . year, your age, etc
- was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- what doctors have you seen? (orthopedic, neurosurgeon, spine specialist, etc)
- . which doctor did you start with? ie primary care physician . who are you currently seeing?
- what conservative treatments have you had? which ones?
- . physical therapy . ultrasound / tens unit . spinal injections . acupuncture . massage therapy
- what diagnostic tests have you had? and their results (mri, ctscan, xray, emg, etc)
- . summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them . how many different tests have you had over the years? similar results?
- what medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)
- . name of medication . how long have you been using this? . results
- has surgery been discussed as an option? (if so, what kind)
- is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- what is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?
providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.
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it is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). it is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have arei’ve had this for years, it hurts, i cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should i get?
diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. in many ways it’s like a game of clue. especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. the doctor is like a detective. they need clues to help them move along. so, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. that is like it is here. without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.specific comments :
you need to read this about degenerative disc disease: all about degenerative disc diseasepersonal opinion, not medical advice :
ddd (degenerative disc disease) is still the most mis understood of spinal conditions. the words degenerative, disease do not sound very good. but in reality , almost every human will show some signs of ddd by the time they reach 30. some will show signs earlier, some later. there are many factors that go into this. the good news is that most ddd conditions can be managed with an approved exercise program and otc nsaids. only the more severe cases will ever require surgery. so many people live with ddd and understanding what they need to do to control it. yes, there is pain and discomfort associated with ddd, but looking at all the spinal conditions, this is one that most people can control.
when people start to read your thread , specifically about chiropractors, many will pipe in and say no. the majority of spinal patients believe that chiropractors can potentially do more harm then good. they are great with muscular skeleton type of problems, but when it comes to discs and the spinal cord, that is best left in the hands of a spinal specialist.
--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 09/30/15 18:16 est