Hi there! My name is Kim and I am 29 years old. I injured my back lifting one of my kids this past October. I was subsequently diagnosed with several herniations in the thoracic area, the larger ones in T8, T9, and T10. Apparently T9 is the worst of them, though, and is pressing on my spinal cord. I was also diagnosed with moderate DDD.
I am going for a CT myelogram on Thursday and then I have a followup appt with the NS next Tuesday. When they called to schedule the appt with the NS, they said he wanted to talk to me about possible surgery. But after reading other posts on here, it sounds like surgery is reserved for the worst of the worst. So does that basically mean that I am screwed and will have to live with it? I have tried just about everything except for a chiro, since my insurance doesn't cover that and I simply do not have the money. I am an RN and have been out of work because of this. I've tried PT, multiple injections, TENS unit, ice packs, heating pads, yoga, stretching, pain meds, muscle relaxants, etc, etc, etc.
The pain ranges from moderate to severe and often times wraps around my sides to just under my ribs in the front. In the back it is a deep, constant ache, and in the front it is a stabbing pain. I also get radiating pain in my legs, and recently I've noticed a pins and needles sensation in my legs. This makes walking difficult, and it is getting harder and harder to move around. This is not good being that I have three children, ages 9, 2.5, and 15 months.
Please tell me there is hope!!