Recently diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis and bulging discs. My husband and I are stationed oversees. Seeking advice!
I think God himself made me aware of this forum! I hope someone will read this who might be able to shed some light on my back/pain issues.
I'm a traveling spouse who resides in Puerto Rico. This fact makes my situation that much more dire. I've experienced severe upper and middle back pains for the last two years. I was finally diagnosed in the States in June of this year: Spinal Stenosis and bulging/herniated discs (C5-C6 & C6-C7). My symptoms include pain in back of neck, through shoulder, proceeding to middle back area (right side). Every once in a while I experience a tingling sensation in my right arm, mostly in my tricept and forearm areas. On a scale between 1-10, I constantly endure pain that I would rate as an 8.
I visited a reputable pain management specialist in the States who recommended I receive Nerve Root Injections (NRI) . Subsequently, I returned to Puerto Rico and visited a pain management specialist who is not willing to give me NRI because he believes my case doesn't merit it. He further explained there are serious risks associated with NRI, primarily paralysis. He told me that my bulging disks are a legitimate concern, but the pain in my middle back is probably due to muscle rather than nerves since nerves don't travle the entire length of spine (north to south). Instead, he prescribed physical therapy, of which I've received six sessions. I'm sad to report that therapy has not produced ANY results and my pain persists exactly as it was prior to therapy. Note: He also prescribed me Hydrocodone in 5mg tabs, which has helped to take the edge off.
I don't wish to offend anyone, but the truth is I have little faith in Puerto Rican medical professionals. That is why I'm reaching out to anyone who might be willing to share perspectives, experiences or advice related to my issues. I'm only 31 years old and healthy otherwise. I'm depressed and worn out. I don't know exactly what I should do, but I'm nervous that I might have to deal with this for the next 60+ years. I thank you in advance for any recommendation or suggestions you might offer.