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DDD of the cervical spine, maybe more

UniversalistDanUUniversalistDan Posts: 6
edited 04/14/2014 - 3:01 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello, never would I have believed I would be here, but I am elated to know that there is a place to come to where others not only can understand but can relate to pain and physical limitations as no one in my circle understands what I am experiencing.

In June of last year I complained to my general practitioner about constant headaches, body aches, and back pain. I was sent for X-rays and when he received the results he told me I had DDD of he the cervical spine that was advanced way beyond what it should be for a person of my age. He says the other two portions of my spine were fine even though I experience immense pain in the other two regions of my spine. He tells me we need an MRI to find out more.

I have a panic disorder associated with PTSD that HE prescribes medication for so he is aware of my panic disorder. So what happens next is beyond comprehension. I spazzed at the MRI appointment. I was shocked at myself, I have never been affected by small spaces before. The tech tells me it happens and suggests I ask for sedation. So back to my doctors office I go. He sets me up for an open MRI, it will be a lot easier he says.

I arrive for my open MRI, fill out my paperwork, get in a hospital gown gown the entire none yards. I get on tea et table and the tech puts a head harness on me, and starts rolling me in. Once again I panic! Why do the hey call it an open MRI? That thing is not open when your face is about to touch the top! Once again the tech, different tech from my first run, tells me I need to ask for sedation, it is done all the time. So I call my doctors office when I leave the imaging center in tears and I talk to the rude nurse who works there're and explain to her what was happening, she goes and talks to my doctor and tells me he will not sedate. To which I reply "so you are denying me care? I have not once in all the months of pain asked for pain medication, I have never asked for anything in all the years I have been a patient and you are denying me care because you refuse to sedate EDITED ***"

The nurse claimed then and claims to this day they offered care and I refused. I didnt refuse, I just could not go about the test in tee way they want me to. And without a MRI the office will not send me on to a specialist so I can get well. I felt defeated so I just went home. My quality of life has gone down hill over the months physically and mentally. The mental part because I am tired of being in pain, and I feel worthless, I have always been a high energy, get things done and stay on top of things person.
I have not worked in law most a year now.

Some other employees in my spouses company and their spouses have had similar issues as I am experiencing and recommended I see the new nurse practitioner at the new company clinic. I am thankful I did. I seen the nurse practitioner last week, my spouse went with me and helped explain what has been going on. The next day I got a call and I am set up for a Sedated MRI this Wednesday afternoon. I was not available when the call came in, so I received the appointment date and time via voice mail, however no prep instructions. So I will be calling the office Monday to gather that information. Being I will be sedated I need to know about eating or drinking prior. I have been through so much and I do nto to want to mess this up.

I have no feeling in my left thumb. I can use it, but I cannot feel anything.
I have little to no feeling in my last two fingers on my right hand.
I have a knot at the base of my skull on the right side about the size of a marble. It is not painful to the touch.
My arms both feel like they weigh 100 pounds each and I have problems holding anything and often drop things.
I have a problem holding my own head up most days.
I have little to no feeling in Most of my right leg.
I have non moveable knot to the right of my lower spine about 3 inches or less from the spine, but closer to the spine than the hip and about even with my hip.

I have no idea where life is about to take me, but I hope the whatever is found and done does improve my quality of life.

Post edited by Sandi- the use of foul, obscene or vulgar language is NOT permitted on Spine Health.


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