Why do I have arthritis at 29?

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pain-in-the-back
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   Posted 5/4/2012 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hello everyone, I've been a chronic pain sufferer for a few years now with more acute pain off and on before that since I was 18 starting off with an injury of strained muscles in my back. I've always been active and as healthy as I could be, so now at 29 I have been diagnosed with DDD and arthritis in my back from my last mri about 3 years ago oh and on top of that it showed 2 herniated disc and 1 bulging I was told with slight scoliosis, but the thing is that the doc didn't seem to be concerned about me having that at my age, so is it just not a big deal or what? And also what more can be done to help get me better? I've been told I wouldn't be a good candidate for sergury and my pain would most likely come right back, I've seen a few specialist and a rheumatologist (sp), I've been to PT a ton of times and I have a bible on stretching, I've used a tens unit, massagers, ice and heat and everything in between, now I am still doing different stretching exercises, ice and heat and my pain meds which is tramidol and percocet.  Am I stuck taking pain meds the rest of my life? It beats being in constant pain, I just wish I didn't need it EVERYDAY! I do try my hardest not to take them and deal with the pain but I just can't most days. What a life huh.

Fusiongirl
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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to those forum. I am new here too, although a good bit bolder than you.
Chronic pain sucks, everyone who suffers from it would agree to that. I certainly would seek another opinion re surgery. I have had spinal fusion and it was successful in dealing with the disc issues and the scoliosis. If surgery is not the answer you should find a good pain specialist. Not taking pain medication doesn't necessary work, it just leaves you less able to do anything. That's my experience anyway.
How about pilates, that is good for backs and general well being. I hate that you are going through this at such a young age. This is a good place to let off steam and there are many people here with a world of experience who will be able to advise you.
I hope you get some help and answers, just keep pushing and pushing until you get some help.
Best wishes
Jane

Fusiongirl
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   Posted 5/4/2012 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops, I have made a mistake in my first sentence - should read older and not bolder. I am lying flat on my back with back pain and keep messing up my typing!!!!
Sorry

pain-in-the-back
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   Posted 5/5/2012 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
 Thank you fusiongirl Jane, I'm sure it's going to be a long painful road ahead as it has been so far. I think your right about the second opinion on surgery, I will however have to wait tell I can get back on insurence next year (maybe sooner). That is also the reason I don't have a pm now. I do have a good regular doctors though who is also my pcp and he understands better then most specialist I've seen and helps me out by not always making me make an appointment, but yeah I def need a pm doc cus he can only do so much. Take care and thanks for the response :-)  

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   Posted 5/5/2012 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pain and welcome to the chronic pain forum. I am sorry that you have to be here but glad that you found. With the findings you have on your MRI, I would suggest a consult with a good neurosurgeon. Never hurts to get another opinion. At least you know what is causing your pain. Unfortunately, this is no real cure to this, its a matter of finding what treatment that will help you the most. The arthritis is something that can be genetic too, it runs in my family big time.

Its good that your PCP will take care of your since you don't have insurance coverage. The big thing is to try and remain as active as you possibly can. But be careful not to cause any further injury either. CP can take a lot a way from a person that is why it is a must to stay as active as you can.

Anyway, I wanted to pop on and tell you hello and welcome aboard. Take care...Susie
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pain-in-the-back
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   Posted 5/5/2012 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you straydog , I'm glad I found this site too! It helps to know your not alone in this and that we share our problems and pain with people that really know what it's like to live with cp. The arthritis definitely runs in the family my sister was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when she was 17 or so and then RA a year later, and my other sisters all have some sort of problems (4 sisters total) plus my mom has several back problems as well including fibro and DDD. I stay as active as possible, I have 3 kids that make sure of that (2,3 & 11)! I really hate when I feel better I forget to go easy and I always over do it! :) thank you for the advise and warm welcome. -Steven
Lumbar disc disease, Lumbar facet arthropathy, Chronic pain

Meds: Tramidol, Percocet, Aleve, Motrin
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