Hello everyone. Obviously I'm new here. Little about me, in 2004 I was exempted from a PT exam while in the US Navy for general back pain. I am currently 27 years old, turning 28 late October.
Since then, things have slowly gotten worse, and the pain has been constant. Currenly I am paving problems walking, and am actually afraid to hold my 3 month old baby, because I have a tendency to fall without warning.
According to my MIR's, I currently have the following:
Anterior Herniation L5/S1 with the disc applying pressure to the thecal sac. Disc is deteriorating.
Lateral Herniation T12/L1 with a major misalignment of the spine. (It's pushed in a good bit from standard position) Disc is deteriorating.
Lateral Herniation T5/T6, and there you can feel T6 sits about 1/4-1/2 inch in from T5. Disc is deteriorating.
Deteriorating Disc T4/T5.
I'm still waiting to see a neurosurgeon, the one my doctor referred me to hasn't replied if they're taking the case or not. I did get a referral from the ER to a different neurosurgeon, whom I will be contacting tomorrow.
The pain is constant, focused primarily on T12/L1, with lower level pain radiating all the way up and down my spine.
The symptoms I have that concern me are as follows:
Random falling-Legs will give out from under me while walking. (Not in a rested standing position though)
Leg pain-Occasionally the pain will travel down one or both legs.
Numbness-Numbness of one or both legs, or traveling numb spots.
Muscle weakness- A few days ago, I was in the ER. Every time I tried to simply stand, or walk, my leg muscles would spasm uncontrollably, and my legs wouldn't support my weight.
I have not had any numbness in the groin or impairment of bowel or bladder function, so the ER doctors are convinced it isn't cauda equina.
The leg pain is infrequent, and mainly comes about if I am standing or walking too long, or if I try to do any chores around the house. (I never thought my wife would yell at me for cleaning)
Now, what I found out right before I went to the ER is that my father has ankylosing spondylitis. The MRI results haven't said anything about me showing signs of it, but, I haven't gotten a chance to talk to a neurosurgeon about it. (When I researched it, I did find that one of the symptoms is upper back pain that is aggravated by a seated posture, which I do have.)
Is there anything I can do to help alleviate the pain? Any exercises, or over the counter medications that will help?
I also have an inversion table thing, where you lock your feet in, and it turns you upside down. Would using it show any benefit, or could that aggravate things more?