I've read this forum many times, but finally decided to join. I'll try to make this as short as possible.
I'm 29, married w/3 kids. I've been having back problems for several years now and then in chronic muscle spasms in my neck in 05. In 03-08 it got really bad. Had an mri which showed congenital cervical stenosis due to short pedicles w/3 bulding discs with the c4-c5 one being the worst and pushing more to the left. Lots of spinal cord compression. My cord looked like a heart. Had a full spinal MRI done and found spondylosis in lumbar region.
Anyway, I've done PT 3 times, the last time which was traction. I had to stop cause I started developing TMJ. Did a Medrol pack where 2 days into it I developed severe bone/leg pain and was told to stop so I'm not really into trying ESI's. Saw 2 neuros and an ortho. Told no surgery cause of my age cause all they would do is a fusion.
So now all I rely on is my meds which do little for me. Driving a car now gives me terrible headaches. I get headaches almost daily. I've lost tons of strength, live in constant pain, and it's really starting to wear on me. I can't stop doing things. I'm a mom and I have responsibilities. What can I do when I have so few options? Ortho told me flat out I need surgery if I want any kind of relief, but then said I can't have it cause of my age. It's so frustrating cause I know I'm young, but I can't help being young and having problems that effect people of older ages or those in accidents.
I'm just at a loss cause I'm only getting worse and it's affecting my life. I've become a moodier person, an unhappy person, a grump really. My kids want to play and all I want to do is lie down. I don't sleep well either cause of my pain.
I guess this is more of a rant than anything, but I'm really looking for more options. I need some relief to be a better mother and wife. How can they tell me I need surgery but they won't do it?
I appreciate anyone who took the time to read all that and any advice you might have.