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Very old to pain, new to diagnosis...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello and thanks for taking a moment to read this...

I have been used to pain in numerous places for years. When I was a teenager, a sledding accident 25 years ago led me to a chiropractor. X-rays revealed what he called vertebrae that had not fused at birth. I have had what I now know to be called a sacral dimple for life.

This year the pain became more than I and handfuls of Advil could contain. Finally I asked my doctor to send me for an MRI. A week ago I found out the results and have been referred to Dr. Julian Bailes at WVU Hospitals.

The diagnosis...or diagnoses from the MRI are all I know right now. Lumbar region: Herniation with pinched nerve. Cervical region: Herniation, Spinal Stenosis and a questionable cyst.

Those words are exactly what the nurse told me who called to set up my appointment...she could answer no questions. My appointment was originally Dec 1, but Dr. Bailes' iffuce called and moved it to Nov 17.

I'm not sure what to think about the questionable cyst and what I have read about stenosis is not encouraging. I am 39 years old, employed in a position that requires a lot of sitting and a lot of car travel.

Any words of wisdom? Advice? Knowledge about Dr. Bailes?

Thank you again and any information is appreciated.
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  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I hope that you find some answers here. Unfortunately I do not know anything about your doctor, and his/her name will be deleted shortly by one of the moderators I am sure. we are not allowed to talk specifically about any doctor. :( But, I know that you can get support and opinions from the other people here and that it is a wonderful place.

    One Love,

    Stephanie
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. I hope that you find some answers here. Unfortunately I do not know anything about your doctor, and his/her name will be deleted shortly by one of the moderators I am sure. we are not allowed to talk specifically about any doctor. :( But, I know that you can get support and opinions from the other people here and that it is a wonderful place.

    One Love,

    Stephanie
  • Whoops. Interesting rule, but rules iz rules. I looked for a way to edit the post. It doesn't appear there is one. My apologies to whatever moderator has to clean up the mess.
  • I am taking advantage of your post posting twice. One to the moderators first <:P

    Thanks for your reply and I'm hopeful to either find firsthand experience or support...especially once I get a chance to speak to the specialist.

    Thank you again.
  • Hiya, Welcome to Spine Health >:D< I hope you find this site full of information and us members to be welcoming :) Just remember you are not alone >:D< We are here for you :) , and will listen if you have any problems :? , or even if you just need to vent ~X( . Sometimes we find that everyday people who do not have the problems we have :( , are insensative, ignorant, and not supportive ~X( . We do understand your pain :) . PM me anytime if you want to :) . Keep us posted about how you get on, next week >:D< .



    Angie :H
  • I'm probably one who has been somewhat ignorant simply because I've spent most of the time doing what I could to control and ignore the pain. It has gone past that point. My supervisors have been excellent about it so far but I still worry if they will be so understanding if I start missing work. My immediate supervisor has allowed me to come in late for about a month and I make up the work in the evenings as I can.

    Sigh...which one of those if for sigh :)

    This board as already been comforting in that I can see that so many deal with things I've been trying to ignore...and actually felt some guilt over until there was an actual diagnosis.

    Thanks for the kind words and offer of support. It is much appreciated.
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