My name is Erica and I am a 30 year female. I am curious if anyone has experienced my problems.. apparently my new diagnosis is kinda rare? At least accoding to google.. anyone out there with any suggestions for how to cope?
About 7 years ago, I walked away from a terrible car accident that was caused by a drunk driver. My best friend and I rolled off an overpass and fell 20 feet. We walked away but I had terrible neck pain. Three months later I was rear ended and the pain got worse! I was treated for several bulging discs in the c-spine and went thru PT for a year and a half. Afterwards I thought it was all over. The pain was gone! Or so I thought.
About 1 year ago, I noticed this weird pain in my middle back. Didn't think much of it except it got worse. So bad, I was willing to try anything. My back was spontaneously cracking itself and the pain was getting worse. To the point I couldn't do anything. I just wanted to lay on the couch or in bed and do nothing. So I went to a chiropractor for about three months.. that didn't seem to make ANY difference..except it maybe made it worse, so I tried to a DO. His conclusion was that I had bad posture from sitting in front a computer at work all day and should try PT, that will take care of all my problems. He gave me some Norco and Flexeril and said I shouldn't need it but since I asked for it, he prescribed it. He wouldn't even take an xray or order an MRI! Which was strange to me...so I decided after a few months of PT with no improvement to get a second opinion. New doc orders an MRI right away.. today I got the results and it doesn't sound good. Here's what the report said:
1. T6-7 there is a small left paracentral disc herniation which causes slight mass effect on the cord. Slight posterior osteophyte formation is also noted at several other levels, most notable at T8-9 where there is also left paracentral.
2. There is a small syringohydromyelia which spans less than a centimeter in length and is located at the T8-9 level.
Also in the report, it shows other locations of osteophytes and a couple of slightly bulging discs.
Could this be why it hurts so darn much?? Now what am I going to do?? I got referred to a neurosurgeon. That can't be good