Hi! I am new to this website and really just reaching out for others who are or have gone through what I am facing. I am a 34 year old with virtually no health problems until recently. I did have a past experience 12 years ago with Transverse Myelitis. I suffered pins and needles/ numbness in my hands and feet for 6 months and then no other issues after that. In February of this year I had just gone back to work after a year and a half of unemployment. Within the first two weeks of working I began having severe sciatic pain in my right leg. It kept me up at night and was progressively getting worse. I saw my PCP and he suspected nocturnal leg cramps. This was on a Friday and he suggested I start taking calcium. By Monday I was calling back to try to get something else done. My PCP immediately ordered an mri and it resulted in a Lumbar herniation between L4 and L5. Since april I have had 3 epidural nerve block injections. In the meantime, I tried physical therapy and it didn't help. I started seeing a very good chiropractor and it was actually found that I have misaligned hips and a slight curvature to ny spine which was adding to my sciatic pain. To make a long story short I recently foundiut that I have a herniation in my thoracic spine. I have really been through a lot and haven't missed a day of work despite working in pain everyday. I am on my feet 8-10 hours a day working as a doctors assistant in eye care. I have frequent dizzy spells, leg weakness, weakness in my left arm and my last two fingers on my left hand go to sleep all the time (thoracic outlet syndrome was ruled out). I have calf and ankle pain, back pain ...etc. I feel really alone in all of this and it seems like my neurologist and neurosurgeon don't really believe how much I am suffering. My chiropractor has taken a lot of time to explain my condition to me but says that he cannot help me with the herniations as there is not much that can be done on the non surgical side once the disc have leaked. I feel surgery is in my near future but do to finances will have to be put off for a while. I hope that any of you who have been done this path can give me advice and direction as I am scared to death of what my future may hold. I am hoping to soon find a job that doesn't require me to be on my feet as much. I am already having trouble doing some of the test on patients and its getting to the point where I can't just grin and bear it.
DEGENERATION IN CERVICAL SPINE WITH BONE SPURS
TWO BULGING DISCS IN CERVICAL SPINE
NARROWING OF THE FORAMEN ON LEFT SIDE OF CERVICAL SPINE
SMALL AMOUNT OF SPINAL STENOSIS IN CERVICAL SPINE
NON SPECIFIC SUBCORTICAL WHITE MATTER CHANGES IN THE FRONTAL LOBE