I have not been back to spine health long and I come back and see people struggling with this , some have been looking for whats wrong with them for just a short while , but some are searching months or years. I figured I would give a brief medical history in terms of being diagnosed over last ten years just to support those people looking.
2004 Injured hip, doctors diagnosed bursitis and for two years I took anti-inflammatory and Aleve. 2006 years later saw new doctor because things not adding up, immediately diagnosed torn labrum in hip for which had immediate surgery and never had pain again.
2004 same injury as above I also injured my spine, I saw doctors for 2 years said nothing wrong go back to work so I did in manual labor. In 2006 saw another doctor because something not adding up, diagnosed with herniated thoracic disc at T6-7 touching cord ( actually looked back and doctor saw issue with first MRI in 2004) for which I treated up until 2010 when after a disco gram we discovered an annular tear at T5-6 for which we adjusted treatment and I have not had major issues with thoracic spine since late 2011.
In 2011 I had what is suspected to be a cord impact from neck injury. I saw doctor after doctor moving to the next when one said it’s in your head, I can’t find issue or I can’t help because something didn’t add up with all the different diagnosis I received that did not match symptoms and I continued to see doctors flying to Baltimore and finally in 2014 to Jacksonville, Fl to large teaching hospitals where I was diagnosed with autonomic disorder, small fiber neuropathy and central sensitization. All for which I am treating now and having more testing ran.
So since 2004 it has taken two years to diagnose hip, two for thoracic spine, six for annular tear and 3 years for autonomic disorder. What were the consequences for the long diagnosis that I know: I have arthritis in the hip from improper tracking with cartilage hanging joint up, I don’t know what continuing working heavy lifting with spine did but sure it wasn’t good as I suffered alot of pain everyday doing it, I suffered six years that if tear found early may have been much shorter and now with autonomic disorder, small fiber neuropathy, and central sensitization I could have stopped or halted the progression early on and been much better off with early intervention. I am hopeful my new problems will one day resolve, but it’s a long shot as of now.
I write this not to bash doctors even though I see large problems with system for those whose problems don’t jump out at doctor, but to show that so much of your own health is in your hands. If I never would have educated myself in my condition or symptoms, pushed or moved on from doctors whose diagnosis didn’t fit my symptoms I would be a man at 37 with bursitis of the hip that wont heal, a back injury that should have healed on its own in 10 years ago, and something that’s only in my head. All of which would not have been true. Keep looking and trust your instinct .
Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.