I have had a lumbar fusion L4-S1 (allograft, paired pedicel screws, verticle stabilization bars L4-S1, w/ horizontal bridge & narrowing disk space L4-L5). While the surgery was a success, and the fusion too was successful; I continue to suffer daily with pain. I continue to have difficulty sitting and laying flat on my back. Difficultly telling when my bladder was full, and difficulty starting a uirne stream. However I was able to suck it up and deal with the pain with some help with Norco 10/325. Most days I was able to get by with taking one or two pills a day.
Then on Thanksgiving 2011, while driving, I had horrific upper thoracic pain. Since we were traveling, I brought my TENS, gell ice packs, and my pain meds (both Norco 10/325 & Oxycotin 20mg for the really bad days). I was in agony for the week of our end destination (Ft. Riely), until we arrived back home in MI. The entire trip I could not move, and lied in bed. Even on the way home, I had to lay in the back of our Yukon while praying to be back at home.
In January 2012, I had began 3 more epidural treatments with my pain physician, i had asked if he could order an MRI of my Cervical, and Thoricic spine to try and find the root cause of my new pain. The results (below in signature) basically showed that I had a C6-7 & T2 herniations, along with DDD. I was also presenting with some rather peculiar symptoms; unexplained gravely voice, a feeling of being choked, difficultly breathing, horrific numbness of my neck and chest wall pain both back and front, numbness on hands (sometimes one or the other, sometimes both, but usually the right hand), numbness and pain in the right foot, calf and buttocks. And at times a headache that felt like it was starting from my neck and jettison thru the top of my head.
I made an appointment with my orthopedic nuero surgeon, saw his PA, who looked at my MRI and who told me that everything looked within normal limits, and wasn't really alarmed. Said that I should get an EMG and said call him when the test was compete. I was kind of amazed, and we started to leave the examining room. Half way down the hall, I saw my surgeon, walked up to him and said hello. He asked what was wrong with my voice. When I told him, he ordered a Diskogram, and said to follow up win his office afterwards. I saw a new pain specialist changed my painmeds to (Oxycotin 10mg, Blue Cross changed my Rx to Morphine Sulphate 10mg, even though i had an eairlyer approved script for Oxycotin 10mg. Then after a week or so the script was changed to Dulidid 4mg. then 8mg. still neither the morphine sulphate or diladid didnt work for pain), who also did the Diskogram. Who said that it would take 2-3 weeks to schedule the test. And in the interm, he wanted me to have an Esophagram (which was normal), to see an ENT (which I did, normal), followed by having the Diskogram (test was inconclusive). Urugh!?!
I started back in physical therapy with EDITED two days a week and started to see my chiropractor again after several years. My chiropractor used cervical traction, followed by moist heat, followed by adjustments of my thoracic and cervical areas, yet left my lumbar alone. He used some mini jack hammer on the vertibreas before he manipulated the adjustments. However my physical therapist told me that I was not presenting in the normal manners and asked that I stop treatments, because my condition was life threating, until I saw my orthopedic nuero surgeon. Freaked out & scared .... I stopped pt & seeing my chiropractor. I saw my pain specialist who also did the Diskogram, where we went over all the tests, and he ordered one more MRI of the neck, face and surrounding tissues (also normal), and gave me a trigger point injection of my C5. Two weeks later, we met again at my pain specialists office to go over the neck & face MRI results, followed by deciding to give me an epidural at T2. By (Friday) days end I was in agony. Called my pain specialist & orthopedic nuero surgeon's office and left a message with the answering service, and waited for a return call, and called again on Sat., & Sunday. And by Sunday night I drove myself to the ER. My pain levels by late Friday night was 9-10 and remained so until early Monday morning when I was admitted to be hospital. The hospital tried to bring down my pain levels, ordered yet another MRI of my thoracic which showed basically the same results as the MRI I had received of my thoracic a month or so earlier. I was seen by a resident pain specialist, a resident orthopedic nureo surgeon, several nurses, my family doctor, my neurologist and after 2 1/2 days, I was sent home with modified pain medicine (back to Oxycotin 10mg).
So still in pain, still not being able to sleep, still having all the same symptoms, I am having the EMG on Monday. Yet I don't have a clue what to do next. I am hoping that the EMG will shed some light onto what the root problem is and the best course of action to take is. However, I am looking for suggestions, advice, etc. Has anyone encountered any of his before?
Has anyone heard of Fibrin Sealent (Thrombin & Fibrinolysis Inhibitor) treatmentsfor disk treatment, in lieu of surgery?
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C3-4 mild disk spur complex slightly eccentric towards the left. C4-5 central disk spur complex w/ mild effacement of anterior subarachnoid space. C5-6 tiny central disk spur complex w/out narrowing of the neural foramina. Mild facet & unconventional hypertrophic changes. C6-7 there is a tiny central disk protrusion. T2-3 there is a right paracentral disk protrusion w/ mild effacement of the anterior subarachnoid space and mild mass effect over the right half of the spinal cord. There are mild endplate changes throughout the thoracic vertebral column. DDD. Is there a trial for Fibrin Sealment in MI? The pain is sureal, I have a choking and cramping feeling in my throat, severe chest wall pain front & back.
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