Sick of all the meds, and the back pain- want to find a permanent solution w/o the drugs
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.
My EMG Lower extremities findings are- Chronic bilateral L5-S1 radiculopathy.
I'm hoping that someone on this site has experienced some of the same, and could possibly give me some suggestions.
Thanks for reading my post- many pain free days wished to all of you .