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My son is 35 and has back pain from gong head over his bike heading down a hill while in his 20s. He now has a degenerative lumbar vertebra, not sure which one. It really bothers him with slightest work like yard work and has trouble sitting long periods. He is reluctant to have surgery and is also reluctant to start down the road of narcotic pain relief. What is available for long term pain relief or control of symptoms? I am retired nurse, treament modalities have changed so much since I was working. I have more time than he does to search, that is why I am here.

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Dear Arriba: This is a hard call, spinal surgery can be successful BUT some people wish they never had it done!! It's just such an individual choice. As far as the narcotics, I can't blame him - I was addicted to opiates - so it's hard. I found some websites for you to take a look at the options for caring for his injury.

http://www.eorthopod.com/public/patient_education/6495/lumbar_degenerative_disc_disease.html

http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/degenerative-disc-disease/lumbar-degenerative-disc-disease-treatment-options

http://spinecenter.ucla.edu/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=32&ref=15&oTopID=35&action=detail

Due to your son's age I think that surgery would be his best option, as he is still young enough that his body will recover quicker than someone who is in their 60's. For him to live in pain 24/7 isn't living, so he needs to get to a surgeon that will give him ALL the options. I'm not a believer in Chiropractors I think once you mess around with the spine you could be in BIG trouble - manipulating that is -. BUT I know in my city they have a center that you lay on a table and it lowers your head and streches out your back. So physiotherapy or something like the inverted table would DEFINITELY help him. I hope any of these sites can help you help your son. IF you need abything else just let me know OK. Good luck and health to both of you!
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Thanks Bambi! I looked at the sites and they have a lot of info that will help him. He was here tonight discussing gardening--that is the LAST thing in the world he should be doing but I will stay out of that. I can only provide the info, not enforce it! I agree that surgery is probably the best thing for him but I will not push him into that. I am sure he will know when it it time for that!
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EXACTLY! As mothers we WANT our children to listen to us and have it easier through our experiences don't we? But they will do what they want - mine are 17 and 14 so I am SO glad to hear they still don't listen to you in 18 years!!!!! ;-) XD Just send him the links and tell him NOT to have surgery then knowing men like I do he will the GO and GET Surgery!!!!! We have to be sneaky!! ;-) XD Best of luck to you both!
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