Hello I'm 36, US Army Artillery Veteran of 6.5 years, and a plumber for another six, so you might say I was a tad rough on my body.
Most of my problems are at c-6/7, severe bilateral foraminal stenosis, "mild" flattening of the spinal cord with stenosis,and degenerative disk disease with central extrusion. Mild bilateral forminal stenosis c-3/4 with cord flattening and a central disk bulge.They haven't done an MRI on my lower back mostly because I've focused on the neck problems.
Symptoms range from weakness on my left side, constant electric tingling down my left arm which increases to a burning 220 volt type pain, massive muscle spasms in my neck and upper back, loss of dexterity in my hands, headaches, tingling and numbness in the left thorassic region of my back, groin pain, numbness in my left foot, constant nausea, dizziness. I can't tie my shoes or play legos with the kids without pain,so plumbing's out.
The VA says it may take a year to see a neurologist, so they gave me gabapentin,which keeps it down to a buzz most days, but does nothing for breakthrough pain which is frequent.
At least I know I'm not imagining any of these symptoms. Does anybody know about the procedures for disability or if its worth it since hopefully I'll get surgery within a year.