I posted this in the thoracic group, but it's pretty slow over there so I figured I'd ask here as well. I have several thoracic disc herniations, which were diagnosed via MRI. I think they said T8, T9, and T10 all had herniations, but T9 was the worst of them. There may be other smaller ones as well, but I can't remember. I also have moderate DDD, moreso than you'd see in a 29-year old female. Anyway, my typical pain is in the mid-back area, and it wraps around my sides and to the front, just below my ribs. Occasionally it radiates to my upper and lower back as well.
In the last two weeks, I have experienced increased back pain, as well as the pain that radiates to the front. Around the time that I noticed the increased back pain, I also began feeling a pins and needles sensation in my legs and feet. It feels like my legs and feet are almost constantly asleep. I also get these electric shock type pains down both legs, along with muscle spasms. It comes and goes, but it's getting worse and worse, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to walk because of it. I usually take my two little girls on walks every day around the neighborhood (weather-permitting), but I'm finding it harder and harder to do so. My legs feel weak and I'm afraid I'm going to fall.
I had a CT myelogram done yesterday, but the results aren't back yet. I have my follow-up appt with the NS on Tuesday to discuss surgical options (their words; not mine), and they will have the results then. I called their office today to ask about this numbness and tingling sensation, but I was only able to speak with the PA. She was definitely concerned about it, and she said if it gets any worse I'm supposed to go to the ER so that "they can get the ball rolling." (Again, her words).
Anyway, do you think this is purely coincidental, or is this likely related to the herniated discs in my back?
On a good note, I talked to a friend today who injured her back several years ago. She gave me information on an organization that helps pay medical expenses for things such as PT and chiropractors, in order to help you get back to work. She also gave me the name of her chiropractor, and I'm thinking about trying it. I'll be honest with you, I have a fear of chiropractors. One wrong move and I could be paralyzed. Interesting, being that I'd actually consider letting them cut into my back. But, I feel like I've tried everything else (PT, injections, muscle relaxants, steroids, NSAIDS, yoga, stretching, walking, etc). I guess I feel like this is my last option before going under the knife, if that is truly what the NS recommends. I'm praying that the chiropractor can help to relieve some of this pain. I'm not expecting a miracle, and I'm trying to be realistic. I realize that it may not take away all of the pain, but it would be nice if it was at least manageable. I have three children to take care of, and I can not afford to be in pain all day long. Fingers crossed that the chiropractor can help me! After that, it's in the hands of God, I guess.