Hello i would really appreciate some urgent advice regarding my back.
Ihave a long history of back pain.
In february 2008 i had a spinal fusion and decompression,
in march 2009 i started to experience like a grinding pain in back, as though metalwork was rubbing on my skin.
at C.T. scan confirmed the fusion was solid.
I continued to have episodes of back pain.
although the majority of the toime i could control it with medication,
by oct 2012 the pain was cosiderably worse and a mri was preformed
the report read
EXAMINATION MRI LUMBER SPINE
AN MRI LUMBER SPINE HAS BEEN PREFORMED WHICH INCLUDES T1 AND T2 SAGITTAL IMAGES, AND T1 AND T2 AXIAL IMAGES FROM THE LEVEL OF THE L3 VERTEBRAL BODY TO THE LEVEL OF THE S1 VERTABRAL BODY.
THERE IS NORMAL VERTEBRAL ALIGNMENT . NO LOS OF VERTEBRAL BODY HEIGHT.
THE BONE MARROW RETURNS NORMAL SIGNAL. THERE IS A MODERATE LOSS OF INTERVERTEBRAL DISC SPACE HEIGHT AT L5/S1 WITH LOSS OF NORMAL T2 SIGNALS WITHIN THIS DISC IN KEEPING WITH DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE AT THIS LEVEL. THE REMAINING INTERVERTABRAL DISCS ARE UREMARKEABLE.
THE CONUS MEDULLARIS IES AT THE LEVEL OF THE L1 VERTEBRAL BODY.
THERE ARE APPERANCES IN KEEPING WITH A PREVIOUS SPINAL STABILISATION WITH INTERPEDICULAR SCREWS NOTED AT L5/S1 LEVEL.
AT L5/S1 AS DESCRIBED ABOVE , THERE HAS BEEN A PREVIOUS SPINAL STABILISATION. THERE IS A SMALL POSTERIER OSTEOPHYTIC DISC BAR WHICH INDENTS THE ADJACENT THECAL SAC BUT DOES NOT COMPRIMISE THE NERVE ROOTS OF THE CAUDIA EQUINA, TRAVERSING S1 AND L5 NERVE ROOTS AT THIS LEVEL.
THREE WEEKS LATER
I WAS UNABLE TO MOVE THIS NEW PAIN STARTED HORRIFIC EVEN FEELS LIKE I HAVE BEEN WINDED BY A HORSE BETWEEN MY SHOULDER BLADES.
MY SPINE DIPS IN AS THOUGH I AM BENDING, AS THOUGH MY SKIN IS SUCKING INTO MY SPINE.
I SOLIDERED ON WITH THE PAIN TAKING 55 TABLETS A DAY AND OXYCONTIN AND OXYNORM CONCENTRATE AND YET I AM STILL IN HORRIFIC PAIN , I DONT KNOW IF I CAN HANDLE MUCH MORE OF THIS
2 WEEKS AGO I HAD A FURTHER MRI SCAN THE RESULTS ARE AS FOLLOWS
LUMBER SPINE FUSION FIVE YEARS AGO.
SIGNIFICANT ARTEFACT FROM MOVEMENT AND PEDICLE SCREWS AT L5 AND S1.
AT L5/S1 THERE IS A MARKED DISC SPACE NARROWING, BILATRAL FORAMINAL NARROWING AND A SMALL CENTRAL DISC PROTRUSION WHICH JUST INDENTS THE THECAL SAC.
AT L4/L5 THERE IS A MILD FORMAMINAL NARROWING ON THE LRFT
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THIS ALL MEANS AND WHAT CHANGES HAVE OCCURED IN MY NEWEST SCAN COMPARED TO MY PREVIOUS SCAN,
I CANT COPE WITH THIS ANYMORE EVEN HAD NUMBNESS IN LEGS AND OCCASIONAL PARALYSIS IN MY ARM..THE GP JUST KEEPS DISHING OUT MORE PILLS.
I AM ONLY 47, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH THIS PAIN IS EXCRUSIATING ALL THE TIME AND JUST WONT GO AWAY.
ANY ADVICE PLEASE AND WHAT DO I SAY TO GP...DO I NEED SEE ORTHO SURGEON OR NEURO SURGEON,
I AM SO DESPERATE IF I COULD AFFORD PRIVATE I WOULD GO RIGHT NOW PLEASE HELP ME I NEED TO KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON, AND HOW DO I APPROACH MY GP AND F
GET THEM TO LISTEN T ME SERIOUSLY