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Hi, I'm new to this forum and looking for advice from people that have had the same symptoms or knowledge of this. I know this is a long post but I am a desparate women seeking desparate measures...I am a 47 yr old female that has always worked out and been active. Last spring I was working towards becoming a fitness instructor, and this fall I started having lower back pain in the mornings where it is really hard to bend over and brush teeth etc. but would improve as the day went on. Continued my exercise routine 4-5 x week until in Jan. 08, I felt the pain move into my left buttock. Thought okay, i'll do Yoga for it, but it just got worse...Then I got an Xray in Feb. and it said:

There is marked degenerative disc space narrowing present at L5-S1. Mild osteophytic spurring at the anterior margins of L3, 4, and 5. No facet arthropathy present.

Started going to physical therapy and was doing OK until in early March I woke up one morning in so much pain I couldn't walk. Literally had to crawl, crying to my kid's rooms to wake them up for school. My Dr. put me on steroids (Decadron, 4mg/day) and Vicodin at night. He called it a therapeutic trial, saying that sometimes disc problems resolve themselves w/a short-term use of steroids.

For the week that I was on steroids,I felt great, like Superwoman. All my pain and inflammation was gone, I had more energy and motivation and looked 10yrs younger! Amazing drug!

Well, after coming off steroids, things deteriorated. Inflammation gradually appeared again, needing more Advil and Vicodin, and by April I woke up with intense pain/throbbing in my left buttock. The pain is so bad it makes me cry and I wake up every night at about 4am and can't go back to sleep. I have taken so much Advil, Vicodin, etc. I'm sure my liver & kidneys are shot. Not to mention throwing some booze in for a little pain relief. The doctors don't seem to understand the level of pain I am in....Tonight I am going to just get drunk. Tomorrow I am going to a Orthopedic specialist to see if he can give me a shot of steroids in my butt and give me some good advice. I'm also going to look into medicinal marijuana for pain relief, cuz I can't keep up all this Advill and Vicodin.

The woman I have become is so far away from what I was, I feel depressed and hopeless. I know I have alot to be greatful for and it could be so much worse, but it is hard to keep the happy face when you are in so much pain and have so much uncertainty...I should probably just get a MRI so I know what I am dealing's just soo expensive and we would have to pay it all. Anyway, if anyone has any advice or support for me it would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for listening....


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