Anyone else diagnosed with disc degeneration and stenosis in their 30's? - page 2

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HI, I am new to this forum. I am in my mid-30's, and have worked as a critical care RN for almost 10 years. Early on in my nursing career, I sustained a few work-related muskuloskeletal upper back injuries, and was off work... Read More


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    hi lucia25 . I have 12 years of icu nursing and i am 34 year old. Last year i had to have surgery as my MRI showed L5/S1 facet joint degeneration with bone spurs, spinal stensio and cysts on Si nerve. I was making a good post op recovery until i tried to go back to icu on a phased rtn when my MRI showed more degeneration and inflammation on SI nerve. Yesterday i had facet joint and SI blocks. However my occ health dr has suggested to take this time to start thinking about other nursing jobs for the future. I would love to hear how you are getting on and what did you do any help advice you could give me please.
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    Hi I am new to the forum. I have been an RN since 1975 and got injured by a patient in Dec/1995. After work-up dx with multilevel thoracic HNP T3-4 to T10-11 with severe cord deformity at T7-8 and moderate at T10-11. Also not a surgical candidate in 1996. Have seen many neuro-surg, all scratch their head. One actually told me that I had a conversion disorder (of course that was the hospital payed off doctor who evaluated me after I received my MMI. Lumber had been normal now it is shot. BUT I have a spinal cord stimulator implanted at T9 which has given me better control of my right leg. If you want the long version let me know. The botton line is Multi-level disc degen, thoracic cord atrophy, developed levoscoliosis, and the cherry on top is dx with RRMS in 1999. But as I say to my neuro, I can still walk and wipe my own butt!! I don't have a lot of pain unless I move anything, stand still,bend over,etc. I had neuro's tell me just continue with light duty in 1996, to the MS doctor who said ignore your back, MS is your major problem. I just turned 59 and now I am having trouble with sinking into depression. I so miss Nursing but I am realistic. But I think the hardest thing is trying to understand why co-worker nurses who were your friend now act as tho you don't exist. Anyway I'd like to keep in touch. Email me any time. Lynn


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