Sorry for the vague title, but its true. Both arms (deep in my elbows and wrists), both legs, neck, my back, and my ribs burn almost 24/7. It hurts most when sitting. I was diagnosed with 4 herniated discs (2 in my thoracic and 2 in the lumbar) but not deemed bad enough to operate on. However, in the MRI report it mentioned compression of the spinal cord at the thoracic level. I only experienced minor back pain for the first year. Then, out of nowhere, my right arm starting burning so bad I'd rather have it amputated. Every time I would participate in an activity, even minor, that used my back from this point forward, another limb would start burning constantly.
I got to the point where my entire back, right arm, and right leg burned, but the rest of me was fine. I wanted an RFA on my upper back and my doctor was hesitant because he saw myelomelacia mentioned on my MRI. I went forward with it anyways. This was 3 months ago. Ever since the ablation, my neck, back, both arms (deep in my elbows and wrists), both legs, ribs, and sometimes even parts of my face have been on fire. Death by fire would be preferable to this.
My Pain doctor put me on neurontin and I was a feeling a lot better. Last week, I did sit-ups (using my back of course) and this week I am back to 24/7 agony. The doctor upped my neurontin dosage but it hasnt helped. I've seen neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists...you name it. They all insist that since the herniations are not on the cervical level, my arm/wrist pain cannot be due to the herniations or spinal compression. Yet, I was doing decent on the meds and I do sit-ups ONE TIME USING MY BACK and my symptoms are back full swing. I love how the doctors say one thing yet I know they are completely wrong. Has anyone had a similar experience ?