Hi this is the first time I've been to this website. I really need some help and it is my hope someone will read this and give me some suggestions or advice. I have had debilitating back pain for (5)years now. In April 2006 I had an X-stop procedure on my L5-S1 disc. Removal of part of the facet joint was necessary to install the hardware. The procedure consists of (2) small metal rods inserted in the lower back to allow the L5-S1 disc from pressing or crushing the nerves below.
After about a year my pain came back but,so much worse. I have visited the Back Institute of Texas alone over 26 times in the last 2 1/2 years. I've had MRI's, Cat scans. X-rays, Bone Scans, Injections and Discograms which in turn gave me Discitis. Through all of this testing (3) different doctors cannot determine why I'm in such horrible pain. I am a big man and pain has never bothered me what so ever but this has put me down. I can no longer work because, I cannot stand or sit over 2-3 hours. I have since been put on Fentynal patches, Percocet, Flexeril and Cymbalta. I take all reluctantly because, no-one seems to know what is causing my my initial aching back and buttock numbness and mostly because, I'm in constant pain.
I'm not sure if it could be some sort of arthritis involved but, all tests and procedures the doctors did showed nothing. I believe I have some nerve pain but, the doctors dismissed that as well. I am seeking yet another opinion. Would someone suggest if I should seek another Back Surgeon or would a Neurologists be and option??
The doctors all tell me there is nothing more they can do because, they cannot find the source of my pain. I keep thinking how can this be possible? I can barely walk or stand.I have never played catch or even football with my little boy due to my pain which is pretty sad.
IF ANYONE COULD GIVE ME ANY SUGGESTIONS OR OPINIONS as to what may be my problem or what they would do.I would so appreciate it. I am at my whits end with this type of life. Thanks again!