Thank you in advance for any input given.
Went to pcp with pain in my right knee (sharp stabbing) and second to that a constant ache with sporadic sharp pain in the extreme lower back. MRI shows Spondylolthesis due to bilateral spondylosis at L5 relative to S1. multiplee nerve impingements, bulging discs, and a disc tear, all from L5 to L3.
With the passing of 6 months since i started seeing the doctors, and a year since the onset of the knee pain, i have been getting neuro symptoms: lack of knee jerk right leg, muscle spasms right leg, vibrating sensation in penis, anus spasming, sporadically right knee gives out when walking.
I am a bit worried that my Ortho spinr doctor is uninterested in finding / fixing problem. He thought MS and sent me to Neuro who says it's not MS. I am scheduled for an EMG in 2 days. Other than the referal to neuro, my ortho just wanted to prescribe pain killers. in my profession i cannot be in a haze, i work on peoples cars and if i forget to tighten something or perform my job improperly, lives are in the balance.
*HISTORY* I am a 31 y/o male, physical job, had a work place injury 1.5 years ago to the back, they diagnosed as a strain, no x-rays were taken. No history of back problems nor pain before this incident.
I guess what i am looking for is: am i crazy? i do diagnostic work primarily, and seeing these finding in my back would suggest the problem is there, especially with the manner in which knee jerk reflex works. should i be looking for another ortho? should i give the ortho more of money for visits while waiting for emg results? Pain management is not really an option as i won't take pain meds and don't want the problem covered up i want it cured. I saw a physical therapist i trust for core strengthening, his evaluation was i did not need it, however i would benefit from stretching and some limited isometrics so i do them both with little relief. i'm just very frustrated.
now my insurance company wants a statement from me as to what the cause of my problem is (work injury/ car accident/ other) i dunno what to think anymore.