I am so lost right now...new to back pain...drs not sure what the problem is...
Ok...I am a 35 year old manufacturing associate...my back pain started with moving a sizable piece of equipment at work in early May...however it has gotten progressively worse (pain). I have been out of work since May 18 due to this problem.
My MRI results are as follows...
There is low-grade multilevel degenerative change within the cervical spine
c2-c3 There is minimal uncovertebrel degeneration but no evidence of canal or foraminal stenosis is seen
C5-C6 Minimal disc bulge is present
C6-C7There is niminal disc bulge at this level only mildly indenting the ventral aspect of the cervical subarachnoid space
c7-t1 Focal prominence of the nerve root ganglion within the right neural foramen is noted of uncertain significance
T1-T2 Patent neural formina
Impression: Low-grade multilevel degenerative change is present with mild indentations on the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and mild uncovertebral degeneration on the left at the C2-C3 level
There is a tiny right paracentral disc protrusion seen at the T3-T4 level. A tiny left paracentral disc protrusion may be present at the T5-T6 level. These do not significantly deform the thoracic subarachnoid space
Impression: Thoracic spine imaging shows minimal degenerative disc disease as described
My pain is such that it is focused at my spine under my shoulder blade...I have felt debilitating pain in this area in the form of burning, numbness, aching and sharp pain. The numbness radiates down my arm and sometimes down to my pinky or thumb. It also radiates over my shoulder and along my ribcage making deep breaths, yawning, sneezing and choughing very painful.
My internist says that there is something obviously wrong...she sends me to an orthopediac and he tells me...and I qoute..."Your spine is completely normal, move with confidence that you are healthy. Sometimes we need to hear that we are fine." I was so dumbfounded I could not ask the questions that I needed to after his "conclusion". He prescribed me NSAIDS (which I have been taking for the past 3 months with 5mg of flexiril and 7.5mg of percocet for really bad pain) I am still in pain and not sure what the next step will be. I am scheduled for a brain MRI to rule out MS by my internal doc.
But at this point I just want to get well. My job includes bending streatching, lifted up to 59lbs and pushing up to 500 liters of fluid material...(most times it is 200 liters)...this is all very manual and hard work conditions...especially now. Problem is that this is a workers comp case...and at this point I am so afraid of them releasing me back to work and I either get hurt worse or something...this ortho just made me feel like it is all in my head. So guess what I did...I stopped ALL pain meds and only continued the NSAIDS...and guess what...my pain is the same...even worse at times...(waking up during the night with pain...more tired while driving...(oh yea...I drive an hour to and from work...how nice).
I just need some advice...help...understanding...this is the absolute worse I have ever felt.