I wasn't sure what to expect when I headed up north to see the Neurosurgeon. I had so many questions...restrictions?, ssi disability?, prognosis?, just to name a few. With the MRI's and symptoms I knew that I was going to get some tough answers, but at least I would have answers.
My answers were...the same thing as last time, except for leaving my child at home. (See my earlier post for those details...new girl with a lot of questions).
They said I do need a double fusion in my lumbar area, they don't do anything for the thoracic area unless paralysis is an issue, and my neck is not that bad, and I need surgery to lose weight. I was stunned. I asked why I am having the bowel and bladder problems, the numbness in my saddle area, the pain, weakness, burning, numbness and tingling throughout different areas of my body and they said that maybe I need to see a neurologist for possible nerve disease but it has nothing to do with my back or spine. HUH?
I was in tears when I left. EVERYTHING that I have been reading and studying on all of this says it is a serious problem with the spine. I asked about the hemangiomas and they said that they don't worry about those at all. I am beside myself. I feel like I am a basketball that is getting bounced around from one person to the next with no purpose other than getting slam dunked.
Now I have to wait until Nov. 21st to see a neurologist, meanwhile symptoms are increasing, pain meds aren't working, and I am getting so tired. It just makes you want to give up, give in and say oh well, if they aren't concerned then why bother. I guess I probably have no need to bug anyone here anymore since the docs say my back is just fine other than the lumbar. I thought that neural foramina narrowing and disc bulging, protrusion throughout the spine, fractures, etc. were serious. Shows I don't know much of anything, except that my "8-10" pain level is no big deal. Thanks for listening to me. I will check for posts and then step out of the picture. God Bless all and I hope that everyone here gets better, feels better and lives a carefree life. Thank you Tonya