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Lumbar Facet Arthropathy at 21?

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  • Posted By: andie22
  • April 14, 2010
  • 00:14 PM

Hello, I have been told by several spine specialists that I have Lumbar Facet Arthropathy. They also tell me that because I am only 21 that it cannot be the reason for my extreme pain in my back. So here is the question. Can someone at the age of 21 have lumbar facet arthropathy and if so what would be the viable treatment for this condition. Let me also add that I can no longer stand for more than 10 minutes at a time. I have been experiencing swelling in my lower legs and ankles that is so bad that it looks like I broke my ankles. The only time I am not in excruciating pain is when I am bending forward while standing or have something to lean on while walking, or sitting down. I also have had numbness in my legs and now I am having trouble with urinating in my pants on accident. What could be causing this much pain? I used to ride horses and participated in Hunter Jumper events along with some excercise riding for racehorses, so I have had many falls. Rode motorcycles for pleasure quite often too. So I have had some history of trauma to my spinal cord. Any answers will help.

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  • Hello, I have been told by several spine specialists that I have Lumbar Facet Arthropathy. They also tell me that because I am only 21 that it cannot be the reason for my extreme pain in my back. So here is the question. Can someone at the age of 21 have lumbar facet arthropathy and if so what would be the viable treatment for this condition. Let me also add that I can no longer stand for more than 10 minutes at a time. I have been experiencing swelling in my lower legs and ankles that is so bad that it looks like I broke my ankles. The only time I am not in excruciating pain is when I am bending forward while standing or have something to lean on while walking, or sitting down. I also have had numbness in my legs and now I am having trouble with urinating in my pants on accident. What could be causing this much pain? I used to ride horses and participated in Hunter Jumper events along with some excercise riding for racehorses, so I have had many falls. Rode motorcycles for pleasure quite often too. So I have had some history of trauma to my spinal cord. Any answers will help.I am 33 year old female that also has been diagnosed with arthropathy of the facets in my lower back. I do not know why they told you this condition is not painful, because it is! i have suffered with it for 7 years and I have been treated with pain medication; which is ineffective most of the time. It helps to "take the edge off" but by no means eliminates the pain. I also have a few different female conditions too so sometimes it is hard to seperate the 2 issues cause the pain is so intense. There is arthropathy that is caused from trauma or repeated semi trauma incidents. So the falling you speak of from riding horses could be the culprit of this. However, i have been told mine is heriditary. My mom has this type of stenosis/arthropathy in her facets as well.My advise to you is to see a spinal specialist. Good luck to you and i hope u get relief!
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