New here... lots of concerns
Hey everyone. I just found this site today and I'm glad there are forums to talk to other people with similar problems.
I am 31yrs old and I've been dealing with back pain and chronic headaches for 10 years. At one point the sciatica issue was so severe I used a cane for a few years. All of my doctors have brushed me off as just being overweight, which I am, or they've attributed it to my Fibromyalgia. I finally got to see a pain specialist and he was shocked that no other doctor had investigated this before. I had an MRI done two weeks ago and got the results a few days ago.
Apparently I have 2 cervical herniation's with osteoarthritis and fusion(?). I also have two lumbar herniation's with osteoarthritis and DDD. I never expected anything more than one herniation, at most, to explain the sciatica. I never connected my headaches or arm pain to my back. I also haven't seen my doctor since the results came in, and I won't until June 1st.
I am freaking out a little bit. I realize now that these things are probably directly related to a car accident I was in in 2001, and if this has been happening inside my body for nearly 12 years, how many treatment options are still options? My brother, who is two years older and very fit, also has a lumbar herniation with osteoarthritis and DDD, so there may be a genetic factor, but they caught his early and he is getting shots and RFA. Two weeks seems like forever to wait to see my doctor. I woke up yesterday morning in pain and couldn't put any weight on my right leg. I couldn't really walk properly for hours, though it did eventually calm down.
Anyone have any experience or knowledge about herniation's etc. that have been untreated for years?