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Spinal Stenosis and only 24
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littlein87 posted:
Well I have been dealing with extreme lower back and leg pain. Legs specially left will get weak and knee gives in. My nerves are pinched and hurt severely. My back feels like if it would pop it would either break or feel 500% better.I finally had xrays done and confirmed it. I am just like my maternal grandmother. Now its calcium even though i have drank milk all my life like three to four glasses a day. Fish oil Some ostiobioflex or something momo suggested. But its depressing i am 24 my son will be three trhis week and I feel like the worst mama ever cause theres days i just cant play with him or chase him or pick him up because it hurts to bad.What would be simple everyday chores to anyone else can be extremely painful to me. Plus i do not eat alot and cant seem to lose weight. As of yesterday i put down my sodas and am going to see if this helps b ut i know exercise would do alot better just somedays feel like i cant. Any advice please.
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georgia888 responded:
I'm sorry you have this problem at such a young age. I, too, inherited a bad back from my maternal aunt but unlike you, I did not feel the symptoms until my mid-50's. Maintaining a slender physique is crutial in managing our condition. Keeping weight down has many health benefits in general. Soda is loaded with sugar & contains no nutrients. My sister had a friend in high school who was overweight from just her soda consumption. She ate very little but drank lots of soda.

I don't mean to sound harsh but whatever we can do on our own to help ourselves with this condition, we should. Medical technology has advanced & helped in many areas but because the spine is loaded with nerves, this part of the anatomy remains a challenge for the medical professionals.

Is joining a gym with a heated pool feasible for you? Warm water therapy is extremely beneficial for the back & our overall well being. It has greatly helped me with mobility & flexibility.

Best of luck to you.

georgia
 
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davedsel57 responded:
Hello, and welcome.

You did not say what doctors you have seen and what diagnostic testing you have had performed, or when.

Please read through this Tip at the top of this WebMD Back Pain Community that lists the recommended steps for diagnosing and treating back pain: http://forums.webmd.com/3/back-pain-exchange/tip/18

Come back and let us know what doctors you have seen, what testing you have had and when, and recommended treatment plans. If it has been a few years since you have seen a doctor for this, then you need to follow the recommended steps outlined in the Tip. As the Tip also says, you may benefit from seeing a pain management specialist. One of our members here, Joy, sees a physiatrist and so does my wife. These health care professionals will do all they can to manager your pain with minimal medications and surgery only if absolutely necessary.

Please keep us updated.

I pray you can find answers and relief soon.
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Blessings,

-Dave


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