Hey I am Lyssie and I live in Guildford in Surrey in the UK.
I had surgery for scoliosis when I was 17 and I am now 20. It was found that I have facet joint syndrome of my lower spine, I am fused from T11 to L3 and the FJS is at L4 L5 S1... I also have two slightly herniated discs down there but I am not sure what levels. I suffer from sciatica and have tried facet and nerve root block injections... Then I started to get neck pain along with arm pain and had an MRI and Mr Lam (spinal surgeon) said that I had developed a kyphosis in my neck which was pressing on a nerve (my thumb nerve) and if I dont get the disc back in with working hard on physio (which I have been doing), it could pop out and I'd need surgery. :O :S
I take Tramadol for the pain and am off to my GP this week to get some more... I will ask for a MRI scan as I think my arm pain has gotten so bad recently. Also, could you guys recommend a good nerve pain medication (you see I don't know what they are called LOL) Is there anything stronger than Tramadol as I think it doesn't work anymore since my pain got worse!!
I'm sorry for the life story but I need to talk to someone who actually understands me!