I am looking for some answers and input on anyone that has been told they have at least on of these conditions. Here is my story,
I am now a 52 year old male ( always been a male...smiling ) and have had chronic back pain since I was in my late teens. I worked running heavy equipment in coal mining above ground strip mines for 6 years and spent 11 years working in a western Pennsylvania underground coal mine for 11 years. Due to buldging disc/protruded disc/ herinated disc ( depending on who would read my MRI scan at that time ) I have had off and on pain in my 20's to almost constant pain now. I have been off work for 10 years due to spinal stenosis/arthritis/degenerative Disc Diease, depending on what Dr. I asked that week. I have had nerve blocks, epidurals and many trigger point injections 0ver 250 single shots up to 30 at one time) in the past 25 years, especially in the last 10. I am treated at a pain clinic every 6 months with epidurals either in my cervical, thoractic or lumbar spine. I just seen a surgeon today hoping he could finally operate on my lower back due to 50 % leg pain and 50 % back pain. He refused until I have 90 % leg pain and 10 % back pain. Here is my last MRI report:
there is mild degenerative narrowing and desiccation of the disc at L-3-4 through L5- S1. Posterior bulging of the disc is present at these levels along with posterior endplate spur formation. The prominet left posterlateral buldging disc at L4-5. The prior degererative findings in 2008 is no longer idenified with a L4-L5 herniated disc. ( where id it go ? ) . There is mild narrowing of the neural foramina inferiorly at L3-4 and L4-5. L5-S1 there is degenerative there is degenerative hypertrophy of the facet joints in combination with DDD resuktibng in a mild degree of bilateral forminal narrowing. Degenerative posterior element hyperthrophy is present at L3-4 and L4-5. At L4-5 level there is triangular and circumferential narrowing of the thecal sac resulting form degenterative findings also monderate left lateral recess and right lateral recess narrowing noted at L4-5.
The best surgeon in the area told me today although I have hip pain that wakes me up every 4 hours at night,some left and mostly right leg pain al the way down to the bottom of my feet with burning hip pain at night or when I sit to long. Not to mention it takes two hands grabing to the side of the bed in the moring to drag myself up out of bed. I have had my feet just give out on me when standing in one position to long and if I have nothing to grab onto, I will go down to the ground. On top of this I have DDD throughout my cerviacl spine with buldged disc and a protruded disc at T1-C7. Throw in weekly migrane headaches with that mix.
My question is, is there anyone else out there that cant find a doctor to operate on them with any conditions the same as above. I was told today that a morphine pump placed in my spine may help and I decided not to go that route at this time.
Anyone that would like to share any sinmilar experiences with me would be appreaciated. Also any relief found in treatments would be great. Doctor told me today I have arthritis and even a spinal fusion would work for me. Please share your thoughts, looking forward to hearing from you !
Prayer E Wind