Hello all, glad to have found this support board. My story is not unlike most others I've been reading here. Somehow that's a comfort.
I have had an MRI and CT showing: Disc bulge L1/2, L2/3, L3/4 (with mild stenosis), L4/5 (with severe stenosis), L5/S1 (with severe stenosis).
I also have severe left convexity lumbar scoliosis, and a 9+cm pelvic mass. My doctor has decided to assume it is a uterine fibroid. My mother passed away quickly of Ovarian cancer, so if it were that it would really do no good for me to know as surgery tends to spread the disease faster.
I have radiating pain down my left leg/shin when I walk, but I can't use a walker or cane due to arthritis in both shoulders.
Here's the kicker, it's my neck that has always hurt the most. I get severe stiff necks, and now also suffer from vertigo daily and nightly. So much so I've had to block both sides of my bed due to falling out of it in my sleep with dizzy spells. I'm sort of a mess.
I've been to a neurosurgeon who was not very interested in surgery due to the severity and number of fusions that it would require and the results would likely not be to my liking. I'm only 44 and have always been extremely active.
I was a dog groomer and trainer, a bartender and a tournament pool (billiards) player in my former life. Now I lay in bed for days at a time. I don't drive any longer due to the vertigo and back issues. I've been having some very dark days lately and just needed a place to talk sometimes. Sorry for the long post! Just wanted to fill you in as much as possible. I'm also allergic to nearly all opiate pain relievers and even tramadol, so all I have is Ibuprofen, Diazapam and Amitriptyline to sleep.
Thanks for any support, and just for "listening" to me. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.