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    Back Issue
    AprylSS posted:
    Hello. I have been following this feed on back issue. Mine first began when I was 18. My back froze (pinched nerve). It was horrible. After that all seemed well. Fast forward to 24 yrs of age. I began to feel tightness and pain. I hated every moment of everyday. I had a toddler who I had so many issues with as I could not play with her, hold her or even chase her. Life sucked for me. I began to see a Chiropractor who at first was a huge help. He even had a "shock" like treatment and it was fairly cool and helped. But things just got worse no sooner then they got better. I ignored so much of this for so long. I found an Orthopedic Surgeon to help. I began small easy doses of physical therapy. No good. Lost weight. No good. Epidural shots, steroid shots, cortisone shots. After a few years of this we decided surgery would be my only grace. I had Degenerative Bone Disease. He explained my Xrays looked like it belonged to a 80 yr old woman suffering for years. So I went for it. Four screws and two disc replacement. I never felt better, I slept on my stomach for the first time in years. I was able to carry my son. I was so happy and healthy. Until a few months ago. I have been basically medicating this pain slowly for awhile now. I was in so much pain I was asked to do yet another MRI. Come to find 8 yrs after my surgery the disease has spread and now Arthritis was in play. I am now 36, no other choice but to have yet another surgery. I am saddened by this. but medicating everyday is not an option. When people tell me their back hurts I look at them and wish they really understood real back pain. I am worried as i get older more surgeries will come. As my DBD is so bad it's off the charts. I'm only 36 (echo). I only hope this surgery will help out!!
    Scott Zashin, MD responded:
    .Back pain is different for everyone. My approach to back pain is to start wtih physical therapy and medications. I often offer accupuncture. Some patients get benefit from steroid injections and some like yourself require surgery.Sorry to hear about your situation and hope you feel better.

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