In need of some advice!! please help!
I have been reading some of the posts others have written and decided to see if anyone could help guide me. so here it goes. i am 26 years old and have been dealing with chronic lower back pain for 2 1/2 years. I now that may not sound like very long, but up to that point i was very active. I had seen my primary at which an MRI was ordered which revealed multilevel degenerative disc changes as well as facet degenerative hypertrophy at L4-5 and L5-S1. (disc bulge at T12-L1, L1-L2, L3-L4, L4-L5 and L5-S1) and a Schmorl node with adjacent fatty endplate changes at the superior endplate of L3. Two small Schmorl nodes at both the superior and inferior endplate of T12. disc desiccation and disc space height loss at L5-S1, T12-L1, L1-L2, and L2-L3. and "minimal spinal stenosis" (sorry that got at little winded). also having right leg pain/weakness. I started seeing pain management in December of 2010. i have tried physical therapy with no improvement. i also purchased an inversion table which it did help for a little while until about 3 months ago when i began having daily neck and head pain and was advised to stop using it until Pain management could take care of the current issues. i have been given numerous pain medications to help control but they left me feeling groggy and so on. i could not continue using them due to being a medical assistant for a small podiatry clinic. about 3 months ago they placed me on Nucynta 50mg along with a muscle relaxant. that helped for 2 months at which now my body has gotten used to them and they are not working as well as before. i had recently seen pain management which prescribed gabapentin. i had a bad reaction to that med and stopped taking it. i get about 2-4 hours of sleep a night due to the pain and tingling. some weeks ago i began having tingling and weakness in bilateral hands, 4th and 5th fingers, sharp pain left side of neck that radiated up the back of my head, and numbness feeling on the left side of my face. i saw a neurologist who said "you need surgery to fix this mess, but I dont feel like doing it" then walked out of the room. i also seen an orthopedic who said," clearly you are in a lot of pain and need surgery, but i dont feel comfortable operating operating on you. I need some suggestions or names of good doctors in Wisconsin. i am so frustrated that all pain management wants to do is give more and more pills and adjust the dosage. My insurance only approved 1 S1joint injection which failed and getting them to approve any more is like trying to pull teeth with them. i see a chiropractor weekly, have been placed on 10lb max lifting restriction, and also wear an adjustable brace almost daily. HELP!!!! i need to do something else but what?? also what is a Schmorl node, seems when i ask, the doctors tend to change the subject. i would like my quality of life back, is that so much to ask. If any one has some ideals or words of encouragement i would greatly appreciate it. thank you