Hi peeps, I have been gone for a few months. I wanted to get some input from some of the old timers and perhaps some of the newer people.
I have a "rich" history of spinal problems. I had a 2 level ACDF c5-7 March of 2010 I also had 2 level PLIF L4-S1 Juliy 2008. I was Tboned the day I returned to work while driving my boss and 2 other employees in my van about 8 weeks after my neck fusion. I immediately started having thoracic spine issues. Eventually I found out I had extensive thoracic ddd and many hnp's among other things. I have been seeing a pm clinic for esi's and meds since shortly after the accident and am supposed to be getting a SCS this fall. I had a great trial.
That brings me to my current problems. About December my arms started hurting again, they are now hurting really bad with complete loss of use at times in my left, coming from my elbow, shoulder and into my hand and even my finger are tingling and numb. I had an emg test a couple weeks ago and it was negative ( nowhere near as extensive as the first one I had btw). She felt I have a muscle problem... Yeah, I am loosing all my strength for sure. Sharp electric shooting pain.
About 3 months ago my headaches started getting really bad again. I am waking up with one and going to bed with it, it is with me all day and affecting my eye sight. I feel as if my eyes are bulging out of my head.... I have horners syndrome as a result of my ACDf and also I have narrow angle glaucoma which I had the lazer iridotomy treatments for as soon as I found out last time I had headaches like this... So desperately I went to an ENT after trying a higher dose of Topomax for a month didn't work. The ENT doctor ct'd my head to rule out sinus's, it wasn't the sinus's. He said allergies... I have been taking allergy meds all summer but I said I would take the meds and they have done nothing. I am still having the headaches and the episodes of vertigo (that scares me the most).
Almost as soon as I sit in my car or my recliner i feel that it makes me very sleepy. I get tired on any trips in my car that are more than a few minutes. Don't even talk to me about driving for more than 30 minutes on the highway. It makes me think something is going on above my fusion and below my fusion.
I have taken 2 falls in the last 2 weeks, and find myself stumbling constantly. I fell forward he gravel 2 weeks ago landing on my knees and hands and then last Tuesday I went down the stairs and my feet went out from under me. I landed on my thoracic area again the stairs... Hurt like he11... I contemplated going to the hospital, but I was ok and I knew I would see my pm this next Friday. I also see my ENT on Monday.
I am going to request a new MRI on my neck and Thoracic before my SCS.... I don't know what doctor to see. My NS had referred me to another NS in his clinic for the SCS that is doing a study. Plus there is a third one I saw for a second opinion one she is at a different clinic.
Thank you for any input or advice,