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Arthritis and 2 bulging discs-looking for some help

Hello,

I am 30 years old and recently had an MRI revealing that I have arthritis and 2 bulging disc's in my L-4 and L-5 area. This all started due to sciatic pain that would not go away.
I have a few questions that I can't seem to get my doc to answer.

First, my condition is not due to injury or sports and I have no family history of arthritis at such an early age. Any ideas on how this happened? I was overweight for about a year but haven't been in 5 years. I have also had 2 children and lived fairly healthy. Not big into the gym thing but I stay fit.

Second, I have been on the Depo Pevera (birth Control shot) for 14 years now. i know that they tell you to take extra calcium due to the depletion it causes in your bones but could this have contributed to it? I stay on it due to extremely painful periods but if this is contributing in any way I would take that pain over this one..

Third, Any tips on how to get exercise without aggravating my back? I can not walk longer than 5 minutes without being in more pain that lasts for days. i do physical therapy and have strengthening exercises i do at home, but cardio would be great to add.

I am also hoping to get some tips and what food can cause my arthritis to flare up. I have searched online, but cant seem to find definite answers. they all have different opinions.

Any help would be great, I'm much to young to feel this damn old!!!
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replied November 7th, 2014
Thank you for asking

Arthritis in young age of yours must be hereditary and autoimmune. It would have been better if you would have mentioned the type and etiology. It needs work up to sort it out for the cause.

Now the sciatic pain so it could be because of weight lifting, overweight, bad postures and trauma etc or contact sports injury.

If the medicines are not responded to , you may go ahead one step further. Try epidural steroid injections and try lying flat on flat surfaces and continue physiotherapy exercises. 90 % people get managed conservatively. i am sure you will be one of them.

Take care


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