Okay. I will try and make this as short as I can while still including all the major details.
Im new to this site..and new to talking to other people about this in general so any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Almost 1 yr ago i woke up …and just had excruciating lower back pain. I had no trauma, no accident, no nothing!
I figured everyone gets back pain once in a while…i was in nursing school at the time (22 y/o now) and so i figured maybe i was just studying a lot and had bad posture. Few weeks go by… pain never went away and then i developed extreme leg weakness, numbness, and tingling that prevented me from walking very far if at all. I went to a neurologist…had a lumbar spine MRI and it showed a bulging disc L3-L4… he put me on stupid medications (flexeril, celebrex, tylenol with codeine)…and sent me to physical therapy. meds didn't help so i stopped taking them and PT lasted 5 months and i still had excruciating pain 24/7..no sleep..no eating..nothing. Since, i have seen 2 more neurologists, a pain specialist, and orthopedist, and a chiropractor (who almost killed me).. i have had 2 EMG's … been told i was crazy and it was all on my head and was told to go on antidepressants… i have had an MRI of my brain to rule out MS (came back clean)..then finally my third neuro who prescribed me vicodin, which doesn't help either, sent me for MRI of cervical and thoracic spine after i explained to her i get no positional relief or ANY pain relief whatsoever and that i had developed difficulty breathing when laying down. MRI showed 3 herniated discs in my thoracic spine at the levels T7-T8, T8-T9, and T11-T12. okay… so she prescribed me more Physical therapy..i said i already spent 5 months there with no results. they had nothing to say.
so not only do i barely sleep and take ridiculous meds at night to try and do so
but the pain hasn't gone aways since i woke up with it and it only worsens
leg weakness, occasional numbness and tingling still exists..but mostly the feeling that debilitates me the most is the crushing feeling i feel 24/7 on my spine. as if someone is crushing me. all. the. time. i could go on and on about the different pain i feel during every waking moment but i think thats sufficient to get my point
i scheduled PT again…
i also made an appointment with an ortho surgeon just to see what his suggestions are
but i haven't been able to work as a nurse because some days i can barely walk…or even breathe
so frankly, I'm at a loss. I'm mentally and physically exhausted and need help
but everyone looks at me and tells me to just "hang in there" "its only temporary"….