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.