Is there anybody else out there like me?
I'm only 44 and prior to a motor vehicle accident 8 yrs ago I was a fitness consultant and perfectly strong and fit, not a pain in the world.
I left the fitness industry soon after the accident and had been working as a legal assistant up until a year ago when I started having debilitating back pain. Now, in addition to the back pain, I have intermittent pain shooting down my arms and severe headaches in the back of my head that radiate to my forehead, and a constant burning, twisting the nerves kind of feeling in the back of my head and neck. Sometimes it feels like I have a strap running over the top of my head ear to ear.
I was sent for an MRI, the results came back as: Advanced DDD with moderate central canal stenosis with a dessicated L4-L5, L5- S1. I also have had a lot of problems with my neck over the years. My most recent MRI revealed the following: Degenerative changes of the ADI are evident, straightening of lordosis. Dessication of C3-C4 intevertebral disc. Annular bulging and broad based posterior disc protrusion of the C3-C4 disc with posterolateral marginal osteophyte demonstrated. Bulging of C4-C5, C5-C6, C6-C7 intevertebral discs identified There is facet and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy at multiple levels and osseous encroachment on multiple neural foramina bilaterally as described. Prominent neural foraminal encroachment upon C3-C7 bilaterally.
My questions are how is it possible for someone so young, who was so fit, to have so much degeneration? I have had many treatments, I currently get Botox injections in my head and cervical spine, high doses of Oxycontin, and Zanaflex, however I still have pain and headaches. Why does it cause such tremendous pain and what can I expect in the future. Will I ever be fit enough to return to work? Surgery.....What????