I was in a car accident back in Feb 2000. I only had some back problems which ended up going away with acupunture treatments. After a few years went by I began to develop knee pain in both knees. The doctor did x-rays and nothing really came up and gave me Ultracet to relieve the pain. I then developed pain in both my legs starting from my feet/ankles to my knees. It was excrusiating pain expecially at night. I wouldn't be able to sleep for more than just an hour or so. Then gradually the pain became more consistant throughout the day and that is where I am now. I am starting to gain weight and I have never had this much fat on my body that sometimes its hard to exercise or just walk because of the pain I'm in. I also occasionally have pain in my upper and lower back, numbness in my legs when I sit for too long, and lately I have swelling on my left ankle and bulging on my right foot. My medical history contains of: Rynaulds disease, mitral valve prolapse, low bp, and a heart murmer.
These are the medications I have tried: Ultracet, Ultram, Tramadol, Darvocet, Seroquil, Neurotin, Cymbalta, Lyrica, Vicoden, Percocet, Kadian, Mobic, Elavil, and regular over the counter medication. I am currently on Kadian 20mg which I take once daily, Elavil 25mg to help me sleep, and just started taking Percocet 5mg/325mg during the day to help the pain go away. I don't always have pain during the day, just occasionally. I have tried Orthopedic, no help. Have gotten extensive blood work and they didn't find anything. I went to a Neurologist and had that painful nerve testing done with those pins and all they found was slight perferal neuropathy. I see a pain management doctor every 3 weeks who subscribes me these medications. He sent me for an MRI and the results came back:
L5-S1:There is mild facet arthropathy with an associated broad-based disc protrusion resulting in mild narrowing of the lateral recesses and mild narrowing of the right neural foramen.
Can anyone tell me what this means? Can anyone help me figure out why I have this pain? What my next steps should be on how to treat it or get in control of it? Because it has been controlling me for over 6 or so years and it might only get worse.