Saw a neurosurgeon Friday and actually heard them tell me this looks like failed back syndrome. According to their MRI interpretation my s1 nerve is inflamed and unusual looking due to scarring. I was told to triple my Gabapentin(which I have already started to slowly increase, goal dosage of 1800MG), skip physical therapy and go to the gym and just work through the pain and start a trial for a spinal chord stimulator. They also noted and annular tear at my L4-5 disc, but feel the pain is not at all related to that based on my symptoms(fusion is s1-L5 level)
I am seeking a second opinion with a more holistic treatment clinic that includes a neurosurgeon, psychiatrist, PT, acupuncture, traditional pain management and other options. I was very upset with the flippant manner with which this PA and Neuro treated this news. As if chronic pain at age 40 is no big deal and that I just need to power through.
I HAVE been taking this on with minimal pain medication, muscle relaxers and Gabapentin with hopes that this neurosurgeon can give me answers that wouldn't include a life long pain management struggle. I have not been pushing the pain through exercise as two doctors told me to stop when the spasms and pain kick in(both of which have seen the MRI).
I am so devastated.
Any words of advice are much needed, please.