I am only 16 years old and have been going through some tough back problems after a terrible equine accident about 4 years ago. Some doctors said i am too young for injections some say i need them. Some say i am too young for surgery some say i need it. I have even had a doctor say that they couldnt find anything wrong and just live with it and i will grow out of it. I dont know what to do anymore and it is hard to figure out who i need to listen to. My family and i have tried almost everything possible. I dont like taking strong meds and try to stay off advil as much as possible. Does anyone have advice? I could really use some hope. Also any good doctors in California for people under 18? We have been to just about everyone. Thank you all so much.
Welcome to the community graciebell. We are 1 big family. We are from all over the world so are in different time zones. We do not judge. I am from Ohio and have fibromyalgia among other things. I am sorry you have back pain. I don't know any doctors in California. Someone here might know of one. Is there anything that helps your back? Heat? Try soaking in tub with 1-2 cups of epsom salt. Heating pad?
Hi! Welcome to the community. I haven't been part of it long, but everyone here is so kinda and helpful. I'm 22, but have had chronic hip pain since I was 14 after doing gymnastics for my whole life. I was always told the same stuff-you're too young for that. I know how frustrating it can be when doctors brush you aside because "you're too young to be in pain" and they don't want to give you medication or injections. A lot of my tests came back negative and doctors would just say "oh well there's really nothing we can do". After a lot of pushing and self advocating, I finally have a diagnosis. Do you have a diagnosis? This whole experience has taught me that you know your body better than anyone. If YOU feel like something is wrong, don't let doctors bully you into thinking there isn't. Keep advocating for yourself. Also, medication isn't necessarily always a bad thing. I barely sleep due to my pain, which wasn't allowing me to function at school, but my medication has given me more of that (somewhat). Stay strong and if you want to talk or rant, I'm here💕
Hi Graciebell. I have had chronic back pain since I was 11. I get it! Two things that have helped me a lot are biofeedback and floating. Biofeedback is taught by a specialist who uses a machine to help you learn to release your own endorphins, your body's own morphine, to ease pain. One you learn the technique you have it for life. Floating is not new, but has caught on lately. You float in a pod filled with body temperature water with enough Epsom salts to make you float. When the lid of the pod is closed you are in total darkness and devoid of sound. Without gravity and distractions, your body is able to relax and you can actually fall asleep! Urban Float is the one near me but this trend started in Cali so I'm sure there are more centers near you. Also I have a naturopath who specializes in pain and acupuncture. He gives me bee venom and prolotherapy injections for pain. Hang in there!
do u have a Shriner's hospital in California? I know the one in Chicago works miracles with children with back problems. My daughter's best friend is only 15 and on her second set of steel rods to straighten her spine.
Hi eveveryone, thank you so much for all the feedback it makes me feel much better. On monday I am going to childrens hosbital in central valley to see a phisologist (sorry dont know how to spell) and a child bone specialist. At this point we are going to try and epidural and hope that works.
I was in a bad car accident at 19 yrs old. I know exactly what you mean, and surgery made things worse. I am greatful however for my pain medication 15 +yrs later! I wouldn't be able to go on without it. ❤
Have you ever tried chiropractor or acupuncturist? It wasn't overnight for relief with lower back pain from an injury 17 years ago. I could barely walk, climb stairs or drive distance and I refused to be on pain killers or surgery. It took me 3- chiropractors before finally getting to the right one who applied pressure & massage with small exercises to help me strengthen my back and having a victory. Dr Shalema Yachov was and is my saving grace. She's located in Sacramento, CA.