Charry, Huggy, Mouse, Backpain01, and any other who takes a moment to be supportive, take time to answer any questions, just to care - or anyone who is having the same problems and offer their stories. I am going through a hard time right now. For the last 7-8 years I have been in pretty bad pain, sever at times and I am only 34. I have some 'wtf' MRI results lately and I am just dumbfounded. Let me just say that I am 80% disabled from the military - rated by the Veterns Hospital. I was in for 10 years before they medically retired me. I was having some bowel issues and a Naval Surgeon decided I would be bennifitted from having my entire large intestines removed... (my back issue I will mention shortly) That was supposed to 'fix' me... Only to a few months later find out that I was going to be medically retired since it only mad my problems worse. Gasticalyy speaking I am super jacked up, I have not large intestines, suffer from chronic ulcers and just found out I have barretts esophogus - which is a dysplasia for the cells in the esophogus, which is highly cancer causing. I have Raynards which leaves my extremities (hands and feet) an aray of Blue to Red and severly cold and painful all the time. During the last 7-8 years I have been chronicly complaining to any Dr or person who will listen that my back hurts, but let's facce it, when you have that many things wrong with you, people either get sick of listening, don't believe or just don't care. About 6 years ago I had an MRI on my back that showed DDD in T4-5-S1 and I have periodically have had nerve blocks for that. All this time as well I have been having midback pain as well, much worse than my low back, and again, rejection. I don't blame people, it gets old hearing someone whine.
I finally stated seeing a pain management Dr who put me on Butrans patch - It is the 2nd week and I am on the highest dose 20 mg.... and it has relieved so much pain, it is great... except for the mid back pain, which is still pretty stong at times... I have to laydown to get any relief.
Here is what my MRI states
T9-T10 anterior shallow disc osteophyte complex (lots of bone spurs) and mild type 2 Modic change (which has something to do with the area that holds bone marrow which has many fractures and from what I looked up is directly linked to sever chronic pain, that is never escapeable, it may ease but never ever go away and nothhing can fix or even help that - it is the closest thing to seeing pain on an MRI as you can get.)
It also states I have levoscoliosis - which is scoliosis that is curved toward the right.
also I have quote 'T11-L1 Chronic mild anterior wedge deformities'
As well as Diffuse mild disc desiccation with moderate desiccation at T9/10.
T9/T10 intrforaminal protrusions causingt left exit narrowing
Lower thorasic spondylosis
I am only 34 guys and a large portion of this can't be treated or fixed. Yes DDD can have nerve blocks and surgery but the other stuff. Well, I am flat out scared.
Before this I applied for Social Security with my stomach issues and even tho my DD214 states Permanent disabled - they turned me down twice... one was an appeal.
You guys are the experts, some of you are anyway, Are my new
MRI finding enough, you think, to get Social security. I am not greedy but also I haven't worked in almost 2 years during this due to physical issues (sometimes mental - this iis overwhelming you know) Actually this didn't start out as a social security question... it just crossed my mind. I am just wondering if any one has the same problems as my me... I am just floored. Can you offer something to me, as in advice?