Hi everybody, I'm new to the forum and I'm basically just wanting to speak to folks who can relate to and understand what I'm going through.
I've been suffering from lower back pain for years (since I was 16, I'm heavy chested..), and started getting sciatic pains in my left leg about 2 years ago.
The pain has been going on and off until January this year when I got a sudden onset of extreme pain (about an 8/10), so I went to my GP, was given the usual analgesic painkillers and referred to the hospital.
I was sent for an MRI scan on my lumbar spine as they suspected it was a bulging disc, causing the leg and back pain. After the 1st scan they couldn't find the cause of pain, so off I went for a 2nd scan. This time a full spinal.
The conclusions from the 2nd scan were that I have a spinal cyst (a syrinx) which stretches from my neck right down to the bottom of my back. It bulges in 3 places - neck, upper back and lower back. I was sent for another MRI, this time on my brain. The results came back clear for that. (much to my relief.)
At the moment I have seen a Physiotherpist, a Neurologist, and I am awaiting an appointment to see a Neurosurgeon in regards to treatment (I have an appointment in June). I am currently on Amitriptyline for the pain as it is all nerve based.
In the space of time between my GP seeing me and my 2nd scan my symptoms have got worse. They have settled down now (only just) but they are hard to deal with. I'm just managing to go to work at the moment, which is the only thing keeping me sane.
The main reason why I've joined this forum is that I'm really struggling to deal with all this. I guess I'm looking for support and advice from those who are in the same boat.
Any advice or comments are muchly appreciated.