I am hoping someone out there may have some pearls of wisdom for me and in the hope to meet other people who are going through similar problems
Back in February I feel down ONE step at the bottom of my stairs and the bottom of my back got jarred on the corner of the step. I immediately was in extreme amounts of pain and found it very hard to walk. I spent 4 weeks going back and too to my (now previous) doctor who kept telling me that i had pulled a muscle, I had suffered with back pain in the past and this was nothing near it. He kept giving me stronger doses Diazepam until it got to the point I didnt know where i was. Then, one day I stood up and lost the feeling in my right leg completely and was screaming with pain. My husband took me to the out of hours doctor who thankfully took it seriously and admitted me to hospital. After an MRI all i was told was that there was damage to a disc in my back, was given a physio appointment and sent out on crutches dragging my right leg behind me.
The feeling in my leg eventually came back until a month later when it went again and also the feeling around my buttocks and genitals. I was immediately put back in hospital and given an epidural, which did nothing. I kept getting told that the doctors were not fully equipt to deal with my problem as I would need to see a spinal expert in Walton. After much complaining, a doctor referred me to both Walton and Gobowen Spinal hospitals. To cut a long story short, I have DDD effecting L3/L4, L4/L5, L5/S1, which also have large central prolapses in, the L4/L5 disc is actually pressing on the spinal cord and narrowing the area behind the disc. I also have DDD in C7/C8 and T2/T3 which isnt causing any symptons at the moment. The symptoms from the Lumbar discs are: Perminant loss of feeling in my toes on the right foot, imtermittant loss of feeling to the right foot, calf, knee, buttocks and genitals, radiating pain across the hips, back of legs and feet, stiffness and cronic pain in lower back.
I have had 3 MRIs, a CT, a CT Mylograph, Nerve conduction studies, EMC, Lumbar Puncture.
Now, i am able to walk better, but still need to use walking sticks and a wheel chair for longer journeys. I am 24 and my whole life is consumed with pain and mobility problems. An active life style and a career as an IT engineer has been ruined. I am told that I will not be able to have surgery until my symptoms get worse!!! As if not having cronic pain and loss of feeling to large parts of my body is not bad enough!
I really need some help and advice of people as to how they have coped with similar problems. No one is able to tell me if i will ever get my old life back and it is starting to really get at me now, i have been on nearly every drug imaginable to cope with the pain, i dont want to be taking medication for ever. I am told I may not be able to have childen because of the stress it would cause to the "fragile" situation in my back but they are not willing to fix it. I am really at the end of my teather and dont know how much more i can take of this
Please, if anyone can help, i would be very grateful