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Re: Ongoing pain
Oct 18, 2003
Hello :wave: Justin,

Welcome to the Healthboards. I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain but never ever give up hope. I know that this is very hard to deal with at your age. I had started with my back pain close to your age and I am know 39. When were you last MRI's? Sometimes problems cannot be seen at an early stage. I can tell you that my brother did have so much pain between the shoulder blade area and he found it was because of his mattress and sleeping position. Do you sleep on your stomach? Remember this is only a suggestion and I am not at all saying that you don't have a medical problem. As for your hips feeling as if the bone is rubbing together that is a sign of bursitis. My 19 year old daughter has this in both her hips. Believe it or not she had gotten this while running a mile in gym wearing platform sneakers. She did see an orthopedic doctor for this and he prescribed vioxx and physical therapy which helped her. They will also give cortisone injections when needed. For almost a year my daughter could not even wear jeans as they would hurt her hips.
I can see how the prednisone helped your pain as it is a steroid medication but this is a medication that I would stay away from. I have many reason's for stating this but the main reason is because of what it can do if taken a long term basis.
Also have you seen an orthopedic doctor of just your primary doctor as their still are other sorts of testing that can be done. I really hope that these doctors can find the source of your pain.

Take Care

[b]Cervical[/b] MRI 10/02
Loss of cervical lordosis with reversal of the curvature.
C4-5 and C6-7 disc bulges resulting in flattening of the ventral margin of the cord.
C5-6 there is a left foraminal herniation which results in moderate foraminal stenosis In addition, there is flattening of the ventral margin of the cord due to bulging disc.
Cervical Epidural 5/19/03

[b]Lumbar[/b] MRI 10/02
Lumbar Lordosis
L5-S1 disc herniation with moderate thecal sac deformity.
L4-5 disc desiccation with bulge which results in mild thecal sac deformity and mild bilateral foraminal stenosis.
L2-3 disc desiccation with Schmorl’s nodule of L3.
Lumbar Epidural 1/30/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/12/03
Lumbar Epidural 2/26/03
Lumbar Discogram 5/23/03
Lumbar CatScan 5/23/03
[b]Posterior Fusion & Infuse with Laminectomy on L4,L5,S1 6/30/03[/b]
Instrumentation = 2 Rods 6 Screws & Disc Spacers
Lumbar X-Ray 7/24/03
Lumbar X-Ray 8/27/03
Still no pain relief....
Lumbar CT Scan 9/24/03

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