Hello all! I've visited these forums in the past to do some reading, but I believe this is the first time posting. As the title says, I've been dealing with neck/back pain for the past 12 years now since a few weeks before my 18th birthday. It all started back then with a trip to the ER because I was paralyzed from the waist up. Instead of the docs actually running tests, they just filled me up with fluids and pain meds and sent me on my way. Quite honestly, being in college and 1200 miles from home I really just brushed off the pain and kept on with college. The pain would come and go and I just dealt with it by taking Aleve or something OTC. In Dec 1999 I was in Boston for Christmas when a flare-up took place and so I went to a doctor there. Without running xrays or a MRI, he said I probably have a disc herniation in my neck and on I went.
It wasn't till February of 2004 (24 yrs old) that I felt pain as horrible as that first ER trip, but this time I couldn't walk as my right leg was on fire with pain. After going to a doctor and getting xrays and a MRI, the MRI found that I had a L5-S1 disc herniation with radial tear and an enroachment on the right S1 nerve root and right lateral recess. Fun fun! After about 1 solid week on bed rest and another few weeks after of light movement, I was back to normal - able to walk with no pain.
Over the past 5 years now the pain all over has continued to come and go. Every now and then I would go into physical therapy and jump on and off anti-inflammatory and pain meds. The pain started moving into new areas and over the past year it has been a more consistent pain in my left shoulder blade and up into my shoulder/neck. Affecting my arm and eye sight every now and then I finally went to a new doctor a few weeks ago to see if I could get a doc to finally do MRI tests on my cervical and thoracic spine areas.
The results of the cervical and thoracic spine MRI's? Ah, a great 30th birthday present (not!). Just 4 days before my 30th, my doctor reads the following reports to me:
I was in tears!! I was not ready for those results. After reading he told me how he expects those reports from people in their 40's and 50's. So now I'm back in physical therapy, finally breaking down and visiting a chiropractor this coming week, and visiting a plastic surgeon to see about a breast reduction that my doctor recommends I do.
So like most of you, I'm not new to all of this pain and know it well. If I can help any of you through the experience I've had, please let me know. Feel free to ask questions or what have you.