I am new to this forum and am finding a wealth of information, so thanks to all that make this forum possible. I have some questions as a newbie
I suffer from a myriad of health problems and recently had a spinal MRI that came back with the following: Upper Thoracic/Lower Cervical Scoliosis. Degenerative Disc Disease with neuro-forminal stenosis at C6-7 on Right and C3-4 on Left.
I had the MRI done through the Veterans Administration. The neurologist was looking for signs of Traumatic Brain Injury and wasn’t really looking for spinal issues. When we went over the results he was asking me about my birth and whether I had any issues as a child. I am 38 years old, and the answer to those questions was no.
I have had two tours in Iraq and was active duty Army and now National Guard (Soon to be medically retired). I was infantry and carried heavy things on my back for long distances.
I have been diagnosed with severe PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Sleep Apnea, and Traumatic Brain Injury with severe cognitive dysfunction and short term memory loss.
I have had issues the last year or so of falling down, dropping things, bowel/bladder incontinence, and blinding headaches. I walk with a cane because of my balance issues and have had some moderate back and knee pain as well as numbness through my hands and sometimes radiating to my feet.
I am on 300mg of gabapentin for the numbness and tingling and it seems to help. I am also taking 40mg propranolol for my headaches and it’s been OK. I tried topomax for a while, but it didn’t work out. I am on a bunch of other drugs as well for the ptsd and depression with mixed results.
On to my questions #o With what was found on the MRI, is it something to be concerned about? The neurologist seemed concerned, but I haven’t heard anything else about it. I still have back and leg pain and have to work from home a lot. My primary care physician is through the VA, at the TBI clinic. They have never brought up the spinal issues. I am wondering where to turn to and what it means exactly. Reading up on these forums it seems like the spinal stuff would explain a lot of the balance, gait, and pain issues I have had.