Hi Everyone and Happy Spring,
I am trying to get all my medical/spinal records together for a visit with a new physiatrist on Wednesday. I have a lumbar problems, 2 failed surgeries ( one was a 360 fusion revision), radiculopathy in legs and C6/7 rad in left arm.
But, in 2007, I was lifting something very heavy, and developed terrible neck, arm pain and then it started even radiating down my R leg to my feet. The neurologist, I saw for a few years afterward, diagnosed a cord contusion and resultant nerve hypersensitivity to activity. He told me the nerves were extra sensitive to pain with activity. He put me on Topamax 100 mg bid. I also had a C6/7 radiculopathy from the injury. This injury was at C5/6 and fused itself within a couple of years, bone on bone, causing great pain while fusing. When it fused, it pushed C 4/5 into the cord causing cervical myelopathy, causing a progressive loss of walking, balance, etc. They finally did an emergency anterior fusion on C4/5 in 2010, as I was becoming paralyzed. My walking has immensely improved but, there are still residual effects. I use a cane outside, my right leg is weaker, my left arm is weaker, I have trouble on grassy surfaces, steps,,and the slightest incline throws me into baby steps. I am just happy to have back what I have.
The neurologist I was seeing has since retired due to his own spine problems and moved to another state. I am going over my history for the new doctor and I am wondering if the effects of a cord contusion are permanent? Has anyone ever been diagnosed with nerve hypersensitivity because of one? Did it go away? It's hard for me to say, because I have been on Topamax since 2007 and I do have so much chronic radiculopathy and lumbar issues that are causing me chronic pain.
Thanks for any insight you have to offer.
Take care and God Bless,