Short story is I have congential stenosis, straightening of the lordosis, and herniating disc from C4-C7 with C4-C5 being the worst. I also have arthritis in my back. I switched neurosurgeons cause the first one sucked. Really liked the new place. Got MRI's of the thoracic and lumbar which came back fine according to neuro, but shows arthritis. Guess he meant good as in no disc problems. He wanted me to start ESI's getting 1 a week for 4 weeks. I told him how I had a bad reaction to the Medrol pack and stopped it after 3 days. He didn't like that, but said I "might" have a different reaction since it is more localized and lest systematic.
Here's why I am frustrated. He said I have arthritis, but it shouldn't bother me much. What? I'm only 28 and yes, my back bothers me. I wake up stiff almost every morning. Shouldn't I be getting some kind of treatment for it? Plus, is it just in my back or all over, cause my hands, right hip, and knees all ache too. I thought it was cause of my back issues, but what if it's more arthritis?
Next is he is the 2nd neuro to say I am too young for surgery, not that I don't need it, but I am too young. So I'm supposed to wait 15 more yrs in pain until they feel I am old enough? How old do I have to be to get fixed? I look young for my age, so even though I'm almost 30 I think they see me as a lot younger.
Third is the whole ESI thing. I'm afraid of doing it. What if I have the same reaction, but instead of being able to just stop the pills I have to wait however long it takes for it to leave my system. Weeks? I don't think I could deal with that. FYI, I had terrible aching pain in my legs/bones and started feeling worse all over. If this is my only resort besides pills it's very disheartening.
Overall, I've given up on getting any relief besides the pills I get from my doctor. I'm done going to neuros or anything else. Let's hope my doctor keeps on prescribing me my meds.
Sorry so long, but I just needed to vent. I thought going through all this crap I would eventually get the relief I need, but to go to all this trouble for nothing really makes me mad. Just a bunch of wasted time and money.