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Newbie, tired of hurting feeling alone, pre-op lumbar fusion

graeggrae Posts: 1
edited 07/02/2014 - 6:35 AM in New Member Introductions

Viewing this site I see many of my pains, frustrations, and fears discussed. I just finished my daily, morning, pity-party, and crying session. I have always had a high tolerance for pain. Three-and-a-half months of constant pain in my right leg and lower back, and now left leg has exhausted my pain tolerance. I am so alone. I moved to a new location and have no friends other than paid people in the medical community. Ha, ha. My boyfriend works and comes home and does his normal jobs plus all the work I used to do. He is frustrated and has less time to spend with me. It is hard on both of us. I just feel more and more alone. I am tired of hurting. I am tired of being tired. Sometimes I just don't know how I'm going to handle this or how to handle this. 

I am anticipating L4-5, and L5-S1 fusions. I have not seen a surgeon yet. Have had many medical professionals look at my MRI. Everyone comes to the conclusion that surgery is in the future. I still have two-and-a-half weeks before I see the neurosurgeon's PA.

Note: my Mri is only lumbar, no one has taken into account thoracic pain, ribs that rotate, an si joint that dislocates, and my cervical spines cracks, pops and occasionally sends sharp, stabbing pains down my neck.

MRI report T-11 thru S-1:

Schmorl's node pathology:most levels.

Discogenic endplate bone marrow signals: multi-levels.

Mild anterior wedge compression, loss of vertebral body height, T-12

Loss of disc height T11-12

"bone spur" protruding into spinal cord T11-12

Facet degenerative hypertrophy L2-3, L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1

Ligamentum flavum thickening L2-3, L3-4, L4-5

Bilateral facet joint effusions L2-3, L4-5

Neural foraminal narrowing: L2-3 (mild), L3-4 (mild-mod), L4-5 and L5-S1 (mod-severe)

Disc bulge L3-4, that contours thecal sac L4-5,

Prominent dorsal epidural sinus fat L3-4

Disc protrusion contours thecal sac L5-S1



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