After 7 years of being told, "There is no reason you should feel as much pain as you claim you have. You have a couple herniated disks and it happens to just about everyone as we age"...7 years of crying and contemplating not even going on any longer. I finally said I will go see one more doctor but this would be it for me, I could no longer handle the growing pain.
I went to my last appointment with a new Doctor named Dr. Cohen. At first, the PA came in and guess what she said to me...the same thing I had heard for 7 years before. "Your neck really does not look that bad." My eyes started to tear up. She said even though it looks ok I would like to have Dr. ***** come look before you go. Dr. ***** walked in the room took one look at my MRI and said ehwwwwww I see quite a big problem here. You have several things going on. You have cervical spinal stenosis, Ossification of Posterior Longitudinal Ligament, and moderate disc degeneration in C7-C6-C5-C4 & C3.
How do you have the best day of your life and the scariest day of your life all in one min. 7 years of extreme pain, icing my neck 15 times a day just to make it through work. One doctor even told me I needed to see another kind of doctor and I will leave it up to you to guess what kind. I finally had an answer someone finally believed me. Why was this so hard? All I can think about is going after the people who misdiagnosed me for 7 long years, years I can never get back, 7 years when I should have been being helped but instead I was only hurt more.
Did this happen to any of you out there? If so what now? I still hurt and now because 7 years have passed its way worse, a real big mess. I do not even know where to start the healing process.
Is it normal for the same hospital to miss something like this? Does this happen all the time? Why? In addition, how do I accept that it does, it is what it is, and it is ok. What if it is too late and now there is nothing that can be done to fix me or that it may now be much more complicated? Where do I even start? Any direction would be great.
I am grateful this new doctor introduced me to this site and finally diagnosed me.
My other ailments
Narcolepsy, Fibro, Apnea and a Chari malformation.