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Osteoarthritis , disc protrusions

Here is the picture on MRI; disc lesion at T-8, bulging disc at T-9; multiple level facet joint osteoarthritis. Moderate scoliosis in thoracic and lumbar spine; bulging disc at L-4, severe degenerative disc disease L5-S1. The kicker? This pt is only 28; slender build, wife and mother with 2 little ones who has been told because of her youth there is not much that can be done. Docs don't want to give her anything for pain, fearing she will become addicted. She is in constant pain and is in misery and is beginning to despair. This is a bright, lovely young woman who is basically crippled by pain and is being told she is just out of luck. ANY advice appreciated!!!!!!
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replied February 17th, 2009
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i would think you have been having symptoms for some time with this have you been in any accidents like bad falls or car crashes. back pain seems to be common after pregnancy. these types of conditions would have been easier to treat when they first began, but knowing doctors they possibly told you dont worry about it nothing can be done there is not much wrong with you anyway. Its possible that your scoliois was the condition responsible for the degenerative disease in your spine. it is difficult to correct now because of the degenerative disease in your spine. i dont see why you cant have pain medication pain specialists these days have a long term view and with numerous new pain medications can avoid most of the pitfalls of addiction and dependance you have not given much information about your doctor or doctors but if you are dissatisfied i think you should change doctors.


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replied February 17th, 2009
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I agree with Rollar,

There shouldn't be any reason to suffer in pain like this.

Has physical therapy been suggested to try and strengthen core muscles?

Has steroid injections been suggested to try and relieve the pain?

It sounds like this doctor is not going to offer anything to help his/her patient.

It would be best to seek out the opinion of another spine specialist ASAP

Fran
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