I have had ongoing spinal problems for the last year, I have DDD through my whole lumbar spine, several large prolapses compressing nerve roots and two slighty compressing my spinal cord. I have several tears in the discs and signs of arthitis in my spine.
I have suffered greatly the last year, seeing many specialits, all giving me a bleak outcome. I have allsorts of tests and proceedures done to help with the chronic pain, nothing has helped, i have been getting worse every day. My symptoms included: chronic back pain, chronic leg pain down my right leg, intermitant loss of feeling to my right foot and leg, and general numbness and a lot of weakness in the right leg. I can walk very short distances on crutches, other than that, i am in my wheel chair.
Over the last 3 weeks i have experienced a great increase in pain and now all the symptoms I had in my right leg, are exactly the same in my left leg and the pain is that bad i can not walk, sleep, eat nothing! I am on very high doses of pain killers and my morphine is being increase daily just so i can think straight through the pain.
I went to see another neuro surgeon yesterday, he was very nice and one of the best in the country. He is booking me in for an emergency MRI and when he has the results he is going to call me straight in, he said they HAVE to operate now, he thinks the MRI is going to show that the discs have deteriated and that one of the discs is pressing on my spinal cord even more for me to have severe pain in both legs and now bladder problems.
I have got to have got to have the MRI next tuesday and they have said it can take a week for the results to come through.
He said that the only option they really have looking at my older MRI, is a fusion from L3 - S1, and he said that the newer MRI will confirm that.
I am really at my ends wit, not only do i think i can cope long enough to even get the results of the scan, i dont know how I will cope after the operation. I cant deal with pain and imobility any more.
Anyone that can offer any advice I would be happy to hear from you. I am 24 and i have had 6 consultants in total all say they have never seen such damage in someone my age that had not been involved in an accident
please help, it feels like my life is over