As of September 2013, My husband, a USMC Veteran has been having severe problems with his service connected disability. We have been to several Surgeons (both ortho and nuero) , Physical Therapists, several doctors later we still have no answers.
Chronic Back Pain, Severe sciatica and numbness down the right leg, bladder and bowel problems, drop foot in right leg,
and loss of muscle tone and strength on the right.
His diagnosis via the VA and all doctors we have seen.
*Degenerative Disc Disease
*non allopathic lesions of pelvic region
*monoplegia of lower limb affecting dom. side
*GAF = 55
*fasset authropy (sp?)
*levo scoliosis (sp?)
The last MRI Findings:
Disc Desiccation loss of disc height. L4 L5 S1
Disc Bulge L5/S1 and L4/L5
Spinal canal / formina are patent
He has been out of work for 6 months, physical therapy only makes is worse, spinal injections work about 50% for about a week then fade away.
We don't know what to do or what the next step should be.
He is currently taking gabapentin, paxil, and tramadol
He is in constant pain and is very frustrated that we don't have a full diagnosis to explain his symptoms or a "fix" / program to help his symptoms.
in his own words "I want someone to tell me how to get better or tell me im screwed if im screwed. I just want an answer either way"
Ashley M Butler