Cervical and Lumbar herniations /annular tear- severe pain daily-and Comp Dr. says I'm ok- Advise please, I'm tired of all the drugs that barely take the edge off of the pain, and the countless docs that never really help.
This will be long winded, I'm sorry for that- but I'm hoping to find some answers to the many questions I have. I was injured @ my job back in 06- what started out as sprains/strains has now turned into a complete nightmare for me. The end result is: MRI
Lumbar Issues :Findings
L2- L3, L3-L4, L4-L5: Minimally bulging disc. No spinal stenosis or foraminal narrowing.
L3-L4,L4-L5: Minor ligamentous hypertrophy facet arthropathy.
L5-S1: In the interval, there has been near total spontaneous reduction of previously noted mild left parsacentral disc protrusion herniation. Minor residual . Accentuated by minor retrolisthesis. Focal signal is now present at the posterior disc space. Mild ligamentous hypertrophy facet arthropathy. Impression:
1. Near total spontaneous reduction of previously noted mild left paracentral disc protrusion herniation L5-S1 with inferior migration with minor residual. Development of subtle tear posterior annulus L5-S1.
2. Minor degenerative change again noted elsewhere lower thorasic lumbar spine. No mass effect or displacement of neural structure.
3. Slight loss of lordosis, minor scoliosis. Minor retrolisthesis L5 an S1 unchanged.
4. Minor wedged configuration to T 12 again noted most likely congenital less likely prior trauma.
5. With the exception of interval change L5-S1 no other interval changes noted.
This was done on 8/31/10- I had a Caudal Injection ( 2ND ) done on 6/18/10- at the time of the procedure something went wrong- the doc double injected me - claiming that his syringes were malfunctioning- I've been in severe pain daily since - "yet according to the new MRI @ L5-S1 - I'm better. It took till Feb 2011 for the Dr. to see me again(personally) - for 6 consecutive months I saw his NP. He is of course not admitting to any wrong doing, saying that I'm blaming him for the pain- well I guess I might be, SINCE THE CONSTANT PAIN STARTED THE DAY OF MY LAST INJECTION!!!!! (and lets include the fact that ,no where in his notes is there any mention of malfunctioning syringes) He is far more concerned with covering his own b#$t, than finding out what happened and possibly finding a way for me to be relieved of this miserable pain. My Neuro doc says that the next step is a discogram with a poss fusion to follow ( not looking forward to that).
I have constant pain in my lower back, numbness and tingling in both of my legs and feet. Shooting pains, ( like electrical shocks ) in my feet , that run up my legs and wake me in the middle of the night. A feeling of bugs crawling all over me- I feel a warm sensation in my lower back for no apparent reason. I use a cane most days, because my left leg/knee buckles on me without warning- just a sharp/shooting pain, and then I'm riding the stairs down on my tail end. This has happened to many times now, so I was prescribed a new walking device so that I may possibly help to catch myself if need be. I ice my back 5 + times a day- I take pain meds and muscle relaxers 4 times a day, and apply pain patches 3 a day. I do daily stretching, and Chiro and PT , with no relief at all.
As for my neck: Cervical Findings
C4-5, minimal diffuse bulge noted.
C5-6, there is a small broad based diffuse disc bulge minimally more prominent on the right that the left. There is only minimal effacement of the CSF. No cord flattening.
C6-7, there is a small central slightly right sided herniation which is not touching the cord. There is only minimal CSF effacement.
C7-T1, There is a small paracentral right sided disc herniation without mass effect.
Impression: Variety of minor disc abnormalities. No cord compression. No foraminal encroachment.
I have again, severe pain daily. I do Chiro, and PT for my neck- which only seems to cause me to have more pain, severe muscle spasms in my neck/head that last for days on end (the PT is the culprit there- Chrio seems to be my only + in all of this). The only way to stop the spasms is to go to the ER for a stronger dose of pain/anti-inflammatory meds (and let's not forget - being labeled a drug seeker). Again , I do ice mostly- and I also apply heat in the am- the heat helps me start to move - I'm sure we all have our rituals that help us cope with the miserable pain we feel on a daily basis.
My EMG upper extremities findings are (short version) Chronic bilateral C5/C6 radiculopathy.
My Lower EMG findings are - Chronic bilateral L5 and S1 radiculopathy.
I can't seem to find a way of sleeping that doesn't make some part of my arms/fingers or legs/toes go numb- or cause severe lower back pain - or that won't affect my sciatic nerve on the left side to ache like h#ll.
I have been in this pain for far too long, I take Hydrocodone10/500 4 times a day, Flexeril 10mg 4 times a day, and I put Lidoderm Patches on 3 a day. I ice both areas, I do my PT/Chiro and daily stretches- but I'm still in major pain. Now the comp doc, says that I'm fine and that I may return to work with a no standing/walking/or bending for any length of time limitations- How the H#ll am I to do that- I've been out since 8/2008, if I do go out (appt's only) I have to be home to take a nap mid day- because I'm so drugged up. Yet he says that my condition is guarded ?????? And that the only thing I need as far as tx is an @ home exercise program......Duh, I have that already, it's called just trying to make it through another day- with my countless rituals ie., ice ,stretching, PT exercises - tens unit being worn when I'm not ice'n - am I missing something here?
If this sounds familiar to anyone, please send me your advise- I've been reading through this site for over a month now- some of the horror stories are hitting close to home - I know I can relate to many of you. I just seem overwhelmed by all of this and could really use some new ideas.
Also, to add insult to injury- I was in a MVA on 4/09 (not my fault- I was a front seat pass. we were hit on the driver's side and we proceeded off the road and came to a stop when we hit a pine tree head -on at approx. 45mph,) that caused me to feel immediate pain on the RT side of neck- feels like a wedge slammed into it- so lucky me - I now have to deal with Comp and No Fault ( stupid name for something .... when we all know whose fault it was )- that person is covered, and I get to deal with Dr.s and Lawyers and longer tx's - more meds and , alot more pain - totally sick of all the red tape that we have to go through just to get some help - and prove that we have MORE injuries. I would give anything to be without this pain- it just weighs on your mind and totally depresses the H#LL out of you. It drains you of everything, making life so much harder- there has to be something that will help out there. Trying to explain this to someone who doesn't live with the pain is almost impossible - since you have all your limbs, there are no visible scars- so in their eyes you are prolly faking it.- we, here on this site know all too well that we're in severe chronic pain- we didn't chose this , and we would greatly appreciate some real help to alleviate the pain and get our lives back !!!
Thanks so very much,