27 and just found out i herniated my L5 S1 HELP!

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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/4/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
ok so im an active 27 year old i work out alot , lots of cardio "zumba" well the 25th of last mnth i was helping do a remodle of a home and an old heater vent that was covered with plywood gave way and i fell through the floor , anyways i thought i was just sore went to er they said xrays look fine then yesterday the pain was so bad and my chiropractor is like hey theres something wrong in your l4 l5 area go back to hospital so i did and they did an mri even the doctor didnt think i was hurt but i have severe pain down my leg in my butt low back left side and can feel like my heat beat in my leg so he came back and said yes your l5 s1 is herniated im gonna send you to a spine specialist, so i have to call them on monday for now im living medicated , and with ice!
can anyone help me! whats gonna happen with pain ? what doctors will i have to see? i need all help i can get this is very upsetting to me
               thank you

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   Posted 6/4/2011 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Chelsey1984, I am Kathy aka nini53.  I am so sorry to hear what happened to you, and so young.  I have a daughter born in 1985, she hurt her knee playing soccer, its healed as well as its going to, she has had surgery twice.  She will never play soccer again, but life goes on.

As to your back, please go see a spine specialist, there are various treatments available for you, and you are young.  I cant really say whats going to happen to you as I am not a doctor.  Its possible you will get a series of injections, and they may or may not help.  It could also be that you could have something called a lumbar laminiectomy (I know thats spelled wrong),  I had one in 1998, but it did no good.  Its so hard to say exactly what your experience will be, as we all have so many different types of chronic pain.

Please, if you can (insurance wise) get a second opinion.  Try to have someone go with you when you go to your appointment, four ears will hear more than two.  If you do not get a good sense (sort of instinct) from your doctor, find another.  It is very important, in the early stages of your herniated disc to find a good doctor, then follow his/her instructions.

I am sure others on the cp forum will have alot of very good advice for you, it is difficult for anyone to be able to tell you exactly what to do.  You will have to find out all your options, make sure you research those options and as I said, try to take someone you really trust along with you to your appointment, they might have questions you havent thought of. I wish the best for you, I dont know how much exercise you should be doing, again thats a question for your doctor.

I have seen also I think its SEsis who mentions a  possibly changing your diet, like the foods you eat or dont eat have an impact on how you can heal.  Take all the advice from all of these wonderful knowledgeable people on this cp forum.  Good luck, and let me know how things go for you.  I will be praying for you, and I am sure others will send good wishes also.

 

 

 

 


degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, neuropathy, lumbar laminectomy july 1998 no help, rechargeable neurostimulator unit low right back w/lead wires to left side and right leg unit not working just sitting there.i am 57 years young in may will turn 58. i have 2 grown daughters, 25 and 29. i have 2 grandchildren, 9 year old grandaughter and 5 yr. old grandson

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/4/2011 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you so much for your information your ight four ears are better than just two ive noticed with this pain i dont think real good im kinda spacy from pain meds, i think im goona look into holistic medician as well as western im very scared at this point ive never really had pain like this and im not sure what to do so any advice is so helpful i call the spine specialist on monday morning and go from there thanks again!!

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   Posted 6/5/2011 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelsey!

Nice to meet you and welcome to the CP Family. Not a place any of us want to be but since we all are in need of understanding and advice this is the best place available.

I'm so sorry you're suffering and for anyone it would be frightening too. I remember when I was sent to a spine doctor over a dozen years ago. I have the same area messed up as you do...L5/S1 has collapsed in my case. Pinches the nerves going down both legs and sometimes my 'cheeks' on my behind get these zings of lightening pain that could sent you skyward!

One thing you don't need to do is worry. There is so much more help these days than ever before. Don't let other people get you all spun up over it either. Take it slow and take the advice that nini gave....wonderful ideas. Dealing with the back/spine makes is extra important to get more than one opinion and never rush to surgery when it comes to your back. Often people do and some find pain relief. Statistics show that within 2 years the majority will have the pain return. No sense doing the surgery thing until you have to and you find the best you can find to do it.

We're always here if you need a shoulder to lean on, OK? There are lots of members here who have way more experience in back problems than I do. Take what we all have to share and make a decision that works for you. Always feel free to email me if you wish. Just click the little envelope under my name...over there <---.

Warm hugs,
Chutz
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   Posted 6/5/2011 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Chelsey...
 
I'm sorry to hear that you hurt yourself.... Kathy gave you some good information already - especially about bringing someone w/ you to your appointment.  When you are hurting, it's sometimes hard to absorb everything a new doctor will tell you.
 
It's too hard to speculate how things will go from here; it really depends on what's going on w/ your back.  There are so many methods of treatments...  Kathy mentioned some of the possibilities - there are injections, procedures, different medications and so forth.  Hopefully, the spine center will be able to get you right in on Monday.
 
Is the pain medication helping at all?  I know it's scary when you don't know what's going on.  I hope tomorrow passes quickly for you and that you can figure out what's going on, on Monday.  Hang in there... and I sure hope you feel better.
 
--Tina
 
 

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   Posted 6/5/2011 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   

 

               Good morning Chelsey!

                       Woops! Those darn accidents do happen every once in a while don't they! shakehead

         I wanted to welcome you to the CP forum, and "ditto" everything that has been repied to you here.

            I'm another bad back patient, complete with a fusion of my L4-L5, L5-S1, and now a FBS (Failed Back Syndrome) Probably one of the first things they might try is PT (Physical Therapy). If they have no luck with that, then some sort of injection like an "Epidural" may help. Are they helping you manage you're pain with any sort of medication?

          Please don't worry too much, and do take it easy, as its going to take plenty of time for you to heal at this point. Back injuries can go either way! Some get lucky and heal, and then again some, will have problems the rest of their lives like me. shakehead  

            Please do as suggested here and make sure that surgery is your very last option, and really at this point, I suspect you're quite a ways from that.

    Do come back and visit us, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask anytime!

         Again "Welcome"!

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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR GREAT ADVICE!!!MY HEART GOES OUT TO ALL OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU ALL ARE GOING THROUGH , YOU GUYS ARE SO STRONG AND THE SUPPORT YOU BRING TO ALL IS AMAZING!!!
ITS SEEMS WITH THIS INJURY I HAVE GOOD MOMENTS AND BAD...LOL LIKE IF I DONT MOVE IM SEMI OK BUT IF I DROP SOMETHING ITS STAYING ON THE FLOOR CAUSE IM NOT PICKING IT UP..
 
I HAD A COUPLE QUESTIONS FOR YOU GUYS , WHY DID THE DOCT OR TELL ME THIS IS LIFETIME IT NEVER WILL FULLY GO AWAY? AND WHY IS IT THAT MY BACK IS SORE BUT IT TRAVELS DOWN MY LEG LIKE A SHOCK WAVE OR LIGHTENING BOLD? AND SHOULD I GET AN ATTORNEY BECAUSE ITS GOING TO BE A HOME OWNERS CLAIM BECAUSE I FELL THROUGH THE FLOOR AT SOMEONE ELSES HOUSE ? AND GO FIGURE I JUST GRADUATED FROM MASSAGE THERAPY AND SPORTS MEDICIAN AND NOW IM THE ONE WHO NEEDS THE MASSAGE AND WHO KNOWS WHEN I CAN WORK AGAIN:(

AN MY MOM HAD A FUSION ON HER BACK AND NOW HAS FAILED BACK SURGERY SYNDROME SO I WONT EVER DO SURGERY . . OH ONE LAST THING YOU GUYS ASKED IF THEY HAVE GIVEN MEDS YES 500 AND 750 VICODEN AND FLEXERALS, THE MUSCLE RELAXERS MAKE ME FEEL VERY WIERED SO I DONT TAKE THOSE AND IT SEEMS THE VICODEN IS MORE HEAD HIGH BUT IM STILL IN SO MUCH PAIN. THANKS AGAIN GUYS FOR THE WELCOMING
 
 
 
 
 (edited for eaiser reading) Thanks! SE

Post Edited By Moderator (Screaming Eagle) : 6/5/2011 8:37:35 AM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
         OK!...Chelsey!....lets do this first!....As a new member you need to take an oath first ...so repeat after me!...."I Chelsey promise to split up my paragraphs so that members can eaisly read my post and or replies, and that I will not post or reply in all 'CAP's".....aaaahhhh!...I'm just teasing you kiddo! smilewinkgrin .......but it is considered shouting if a person uses all CAP's and we perfer members not do that.....also, It would make it eaiser for the members to read your post if you keep the paragraphs to about 5 to 6 lines max if possible. Thanks! wink
 
 
      Now to answer you're questions! We are not Dr's here so we cannot tell you what is excatly wrong with your back....but do make sure you get a second opinion especially if you're Dr is telling you that you will never be the same again. As far as the pain running down you're leg...well...that sounds like you have some pressure being put on you're Sciatic Nerve....and is common with a lower back injury.
 
     Don't ever count out surgery either, because you may have a case that if you don't have it, you could be possibly doing more damage in the long run, and end up in worse shape than what you started with.
 
          I don't know what to tell you about seeking an attorney, but I suppose it wouldn't hurt to call one, and usually, they offer a free consultation.
 
              I'm sure other members will be by here and offer their opinions as well. You will love it here, and the members are great!
 
            Take care!
 
   SE wink             
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 6/5/2011 8:41:42 AM (GMT-6)


chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
ok i dont want to scream at no one!! lol learning processes
thanks for the advice.
i think i need to slow my roll down and not worrie so much, and just deal with the pain

im just so out of my comfort zone..

thanks

p.s. is this better SE!!!

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   Posted 6/5/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   

 

       Perfect Chelsey! Thank you!

           Our best wishes to you on Monday!...and do remember to check back in with us, and we will fully support you!

     I hope you didn't mind me teasing you a little, I have a bad habit of doing that, and am well known for it too! wink

          Keep checking back here today, as there may be a member pop in and add answers to your questions. Feel free to ask all you want....no such thing as a dumb question around here.

      Take care! Its a pleasure to have you here with us too!

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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I love the joking around everyone needs a good laugh!
i have also been checking this every few hours !
wahoo did the dishes took me 2 hours but i did them lol

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   Posted 6/5/2011 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Chelsey

I wanted to pop in and welcome you lovie to our wonderful family. Sorry to hear you are in pain and I really hope you do get seen quickly. I can not really add to what everyone else had said as they have given you some great advice. Please let us know how it goes on Monday. I would take someone with you as they can remind you of things you may forget in the heat of it all. I take my Dad with me, as he remembers loads and helps to keep me relaxed as well. Well lovie here are some very gentle (((((((hugs)))))))) for you and I will pray that you get some relief soon.
xxxxx
Suesueky

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks suesueky , im not sure if ill have anyone with me my husband works and i live here in california and whole family is in oregon, my hubby has to work:( but will see , i try to get on here every few hours thank you

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   Posted 6/5/2011 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelsey, I too would like to welcome you to Healing Well's chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here, but very glad that you found us. As you can see we do have quite a unique group of people here at the forum.

Be sure to take your MRI film with you to the appt for the dr to review.You may want to consider writing down the symptoms you are having such as the pain in your leg, exactly where the pain is in your back and the type of pain, whether it be a hot shooting pain, an ache, or whatever. Sometimes when we get in these drs offices our minds can go blank. Now the pain down the leg you are speaking of is most likely caused by a nerve being pinched or compressed, that is called radiculopathy. Can it heal on its own without surgery, maybe, sometimes it happens but then there are times where surgery is the only viable option. But, that does not mean to jump right into surgery, absolutely not because there are lots of different treatments available out there that can make you feel better. Sometimes a short course of oral steroids can get the nerve to settle down, this happened with my sister. A good dr will tell you lets do conservative care to start with and that usually consists of medication and PT.

A good muscle relaxer can really be of help to you, so please be sure to let the dr know you have a problem with the one that was given to you. If this new dr is not interested in giving you medications then go back to the referring dr and let him know about the muscle relaxer situation. If your current pain medication helps then let him know this too. As far as this being a lifelong situation it very well can be, no one can say for sure. Any time a person injures a part of their body that area becomes weakened from the injury itself. That can leave the person predisposed to further injury down the road. I imagine some of this stuff you probably know from your massage therapy schooling. Since none of us here are drs all we can give you is what our experiences have been from dealing with various types of injuries and illnesses.

I can tell you I have seen many people do very well from having back surgery, not all surgeries are failures. Most of the people here that have had back surgery has not done well for whatever reason and therefore, their thoughts on surgery is not always going to be on a positive note so you need to keep that in the back of your mind. Obviously, if they had done well after surgery, they would not be hanging out here. But never have surgery unless you get at least 2-3 opinions from drs that do not know each other.

In my state which is Texas, my homeowners policy has a $1,000 no fault med pay they will pay out if someone gets hurt on my property whether it is my fault or not they got hurt here. This is only good for if the person incurs medical expenses and the cap is $1,000.00. In order to file a claim for negligence against me if someone gets hurt here they must be able to prove I caused their accident. I hired a painter that came in and painted the inside of my home. He fell because he had his ladder set improperly along a staircase and it fell with him on it. Thankfully he only had some bumps and bruises nothing serious. But, he did try to file a claim against me for negligence and my ins co denied his claim because it was his ladder, not mine that caused him to fall. If it had been my ladder he was using then he could have made a claim. Each state has their laws on this type of thing and a call to a personal injury attorney can answer your questions on whether you have a claim or not.

I hope you appt goes well and I hope someone can help give you some relief. The best thing you can do is try to stay as active as you can without causing more pain. If you lay around in a bed you will end up stiff and sore all over. Don't go run a marathon, nothing like that but try to move around as much as you can. Take care & keep us posted.
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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
wow so much information!!!thanks so much!
im thinking i need to write alot down, and questions as well
the homeowner that i fell at was not my fault some one years ago put plywood on the floor to cover heater they had pulled up the old carpet and i was walking threw the hall and fell in only one leg went through and i landed flat on my foot so right away had bumps bruises
i told dr i had pain in ankle and side of leg she told me i sprained it!!! lol man she was so wrong
at this point i wish that was it!

mri showed much more ! took 3 trips to hospital:(

can i ask why with the pain does it jump around in my left leg some times when im sitting its in my calf in my ankle sometimes? anyone know but if im bending it radiats pain from low bk to ankle like electric shock!? ill ask my dr tomorrow just asking u guys prior trying to learn everything!!!

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you paula everyone is so nice im glad i found this place smurf

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i think im starting to figure things out now, i couldnt for the life of me understand why the pain comes and goes in diffrent areas of my left leg , hense the nerve is being pushed on , i have so many questions i hope get answered tomorrow ...... my poor husband is so confused about this he feels so bad i dont know how to explain to him about the pain he keeps asking me

does it hurt when u do that? omg im not moaning cause its fun lol!

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   Posted 6/6/2011 12:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelsey Welcome to the forum. I'm glad you found us. I'm so sorry that you fell and hurt your back. I fell and hurt my back as well, although I fell on frozen ground. I really feel for you with the pain.

I hope you can get into the doctor today. It's now Monday. Be careful and not do too much, but we all advise to not just lay around. It will cause stiffness.

Good for you that you got the dishes done. Do make sure to take your MRI films or disc with you to the doctor. I hope you're able to get some good sleep tonight.

Good luck. Be sure to come and let us know how the appointment goes, ok? Take care.

hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/6/2011 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks loretta!
im up way to early, its like 330am here cant sleep everytime i roll over you know! sharp pain so i just get up! i do hope they get me into the spine doctor today cause pains a bit much if i could just get the edge off,

im trying to stay active , i was very active b4 all this and so its causing frustration along with everything else, but ty all for the great info ...oh and good morning

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/6/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
referral went through for spine doctor but i wont be able to be seen till tomorrow not a happy camper have to wait another day to find out anything and pain meds are not working.
regular doctor is out of office and cant get ahold of her .....
Herniated L5 S1

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   Posted 6/6/2011 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelsey

I hope you have a better nights sleep tonight lovie. Best of luck for your appointment tomorrow, I also have my appointment tomorrow as well. So it looks like we will both have news tomorrow on whats going to happen, or be done, etc. I shall pop in later tomorrow to see how you have got on. (((((hugs)))))) lovie and I will be thinking of you tomorrow.

xxxxx
Suesueky

Disc degenerative disease, L3/4 board disc bulge, L4/5 board disc bulge with significant nerve root compression on right L5 nerve root and also DDD at L5/S1. I also have an enlarged uterus with fibroids and have been a sufferer of psoriasis now for about 8 years.

chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/6/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
ty hun i hope we both have good news let me know what they say !!! ill let u know tomorrow as u plz do the same
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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/7/2011 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
ok up and getting ready to go see spine doctor im really not feeling great today but i keep pushing...
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   Posted 6/7/2011 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   

 

          Good luck..on you're appointment today...it will be interesting to see what they have to say.

     Take care,

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chelsey1984
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   Posted 6/7/2011 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
ok saw doctor confused
 
my dr and i went over my mri wich shows i barley have fluid in the disk L5
and its sticking out of my spine pretty far pushing on my S1 nerve causing me alot of pain
she said not the worst shes seen but not the greatest either
 
she put me on oxys and prednison very high dose till the 21st to help with imflamation
if im still in pain on 21st were gonna do spinal injections "day surgery" if that dont help the its on to a back surgery
 
 i told her im gonna see a chiropractor as well and get decompression done because i know people that has helped them
 
 she supports it, anything to get me out of pain she said
she was really nice and respectful and caring i felt like she cared!
 
she said this is a life long injury and pain may come and go
will just have to wait and see,
 
oh and as soon as inflamation starts to go down i start physical therapy wahoo! not
 
and also it was crazy seeing my spine on mri and how the disk was sticking out made me cry
 

 
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