im 36 and had the injury in my thoracic area when i was 25. I was twisting and putting a coke in a fridge when i felt a humongous twinge and something snap in my back. i was never the same again. i have had shots constantly every 4 months from the VA medical center. I can tell i get worse every year because i shy away from more and more physical activities. I try to stay active but unless its walking or eliptical i pretty much count myself out.
i had two mri's
one in 2009 showed a fairly big herniation between t-6 and t-7. the doctor at the medical facility was going to do a thoracic disectomy which entailed cutting through the chest and decompressing a lung and taking out a rib. (they put it back of course). i balked at this procedure.
i got another mri in 2010 and it shows nothing remarkable on the mri. the reports are.
t5-6 small disc protucion slightly eccentric to the left just touching the spinal cord
t6-7 righ paracentral disc protustion a t t6-7 slightly flattes the right lateral side of the spinal chord.
in other words... the second mri when looked at by nero.. it was decided that surgery was not an option and the surgeon said he wished his spine looked like mine.
all that is good and well but..... i am a shadow of my formal self. i cant wait till the end of the day to get in my bed for an hour. i have a non physical job thank goodness but im in discomfort 24/7.
i have tried
im at a loss because truly..... life is not what it could be. does anyone know any great doctors in the north carolina area?