Trying to express how to feels to live with a weak spine. Like having a rosebush going through your back... hurting with thorns and weak like roses you can easily cut.
I don't have a critical medical condition, but my spine has always been weak. I had to go through a lot of medical treatments, ending up with surgery. I wish I would have been informed better on spine problems. I could have avoided a lot of pain. The problem is that when people (even doctors!) don't see visible injuries they assume that you have nothing... especially when it comes to the spine. And when you're not informed about spine problems, you can lose a lot of time, suffering in silence. Months after you end up with a critical problem that could have been easily solved if it had been treated sooner. If you're in the same situation, please don't give up and be strong!
I have the same problem: one herniated disc and one damaged right next to it. And the same problem with soft tissues. My lower back looks ugly and is ruined too. You know I have located the blossoms at the top of the spine, the remaining healthy part for now. There are only thorns and old leaves on the damaged part. I kept the blossoms because I keep hope
Poor her. Tell her that the best way to see what happens in the spine are scanners and MRI. XRays are just for broken bones, you can't detect anything else. I hope doctors will find what she has and that they could fix it quickly
She says the pain only increases when she is stressed. According to her the doctors weren't able to find any reason, neither bones wise nor anything else. Mhh...for a strange reason she can be completely painless when she isn't stressed for several days.
Ah stress is really bad for the back. When I'm highly stressed my back goes stiff and my muscles become rigid and it hurts, but it's ok. The worse is if the stress goes to my bones, they get stuck and crush nerves. That's the worse and most worrying because it can damage my nerves and legs/feet. You friend has to know if her problem comes from the muscles (in that case it can be easily solved) or bones and nerves... For bones and nerves the only test that works is MRI. Also: she could try to swim a lot, it does wonders to back pains
She can't get another examination ? I'm so sorry about that :/ Well she can live with that if she regularly swims and do some gym (she has to work her abs, that's the most important part) she could live without too much pain. The only thing is that she has to have medical advice about the gym, because some moves can be dangerous. And if she ever feel her arms or legs go numb and weak, if she feels tingling or burning sensation on her legs or arms she will have to see a doctor and get examinated right away. These are the most importants signs to watch out for.
Yes she can't, because they apparently already did everything they could. Apparently. And I told her about the nerves thing, but she told me she already knows. Also about the gym thing, but she can't find motivation to do anything.
Aw, and did she try to have a second opinion ? When my spine problems started, the doctors didn't see anything. They did XRays and I kept seeing my doctor regularly and he couldn't help me. I've spent 2 months in pain, with no treatment. At some point it hurt so much that I decided to go directly to the hospital. I went there 4 times until one clever doctor asked for an MRI, and that's when they finaly discovered my herniated disc. They had to do the surgery right after because the herniated disc had become huge and I was on the verge of having damaged nerves I could have avoided all of this if I had been more informed. It's a very complicated problem. Your friend really shouldn't give up. And if she can't go to another doctor or to the hospital, she really should do some gym and swim. Sometimes the spine heal itself with regular exercises Here are some good exerices that she can do. It's safe and painless: www.summitmedicalgroup.com/lib…