My CT scan shows DDD in the upper spine and spondylolisthesis at the bottom ( last vertebrae I don't know the numbers yet!!)
I have an appointment with a Neurosurgeon at the end of September.In the meantime I am on pain management meds.
The DDD causes annoying symptoms...arm and hand numbness and tingling.Aching in the shoulders neck and top of arms. The worst thing is dropping things unexpectedly.
The spondy though is causing horrible pains in the legs. Mostly the thighs and feet.My calves kind of ache and feel tight but the thighs and the back of the knees are like a burning ache 24/7.Stairs are very painful and sometimes the muscles just say no more. In the last few months the pain has gone into my feet to the point where I was beginning to wonder if I had injured tendons or something like that.It is a burning ripping pain that wraps around the foot and ankle.
Dr has me on gaba which takes away the numbness & tingly feeling but nothing for the pain.
Last week he put me on Tramacet and T3's. The triple combination, remarkably(YAY!!!!!) has knocked the pain down to about a three from a constant 8/9 level.
My question is with less pain I am wanting to do things...like yard work (light stuff)....play with my grandbabies( they are little guys 2and 4)...ride my quad.....
I know the meds are masking the pain and the nerve compression is still there. Am I in danger of doing more damage by doing the things that the pain had been stopping me from doing??
Does this question make sense??
Thanks for any input from anyone who's been here. ( hurting and waiting to see what might be done..