Lower Back Pain at 21

About 7 years ago, my friend and I wrecked my 4-wheeler. She got scrapes and bruises, I got a life time of pain. Since the accident, I haven't been the same back pain wise. I am 21 years old, I can't walk long distances. I can't stand for a long time. I am not allowed to pick up anything heavier than 15 pounds. I babysit a 7 year old that doesn't weigh that much, and I can't pick him up.

For 2 years the doctors didn't know how to help me. Every time I went to a doctor and told them I was in a lot of pain, all they would do was x-rays. They told me that I was faking my back pain. They said I was just being over dramatic about how much pain I was really in. Finally my family doctor ordered a cat scan of my back. She found 3 deteriorating disc in my lower back. Which was probably due to my accident. She sent me to a specialist. The first specialist made me try physical therapy which helped for about 6 weeks, then it stopped working. He made me try pain shots, that didn't help at all. He told me that I was to young to do surgery on, that I may not be able to find a doctor in my area that would do surgery on me. Then he said sorry, I can't help you any longer.

The second specialist made me try different workouts for my back. That did not help. She told me she could have a surgeon come in and talk to me about surgery, but he probably wouldn't do surgery on me due to my age.

I have not found anything that helps with my lower back pain. Doctors refuse to put me on pain medication, because of my age. They said 21 is such a young age to get addicted to pain medications. I can understand that. Both specialists told me that when I wake up one day and can't walk, is when they would do surgery on me. I'm just waiting for that day to come. For 7 years, I have been living in pain. My 50 year old mother, has had to help me around the house, because I can't move very well. I have good days and bad days. Some days I can't even walk, because I'm in so much pain, or I can't even stand up or sit down with out being in so much pain. Then other days I would be feeling just fine, and have only just a little amount of pain. I am 21 years old, and some days it feels like I'm 70. When I do decide to have kids, I will probably be on bed rest for most of my pregnancy. I will not be able to pick up my kid, as it gets older. - Bridgett

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