(Sorry this is so long)
I am writing here now to ask a few questions. Although I am under the care of a doctor, he isn't doing much to answer my questions so I thought I would come here. I am 33 yrs old and started with lower back pain while pregnant with my third child, 8 years ago.
I have had the following tests:
MRI (2 of them since 2005 and another coming up in a week)
CT Scans (4 since 2005)
Tons of x-rays
1 set of steroid injections
Various blood tests to rule out thyroid issues, diabetes, and other issues.
I have had chronic pain, but it was not debilitating; well that was until November 2007. Now it is so painful I cannot stand it anymore. When I see my doctor he acts as if my pain and issues are "not as bad as I make them out to be."
I have very, very bad back pain on both sides, but the left is worse than the right (aching and almost electric bolts of pain and sometimes stabbing);
Pain radiating down to my toes (hips, back & side legs, calves, bottom of foot, & toes;
Pins & Needles all the time in my left leg & foot;
Numbness & pain in my left groin (including outer vaginal area);
Weakness in my left leg that causes me to fall (I now walk with a cane);
Almost constant muscle spasms in my left leg; and finally
Stress incontinence (which started about 4 weeks ago).
Up until lately, the only thing the doctor has done for me is to put me on MS Contin & Percocet. I saw an ortho doctor last week and he wants me to have another MRI then he is going to refer me to a spinal surgeon. Anyone know what I can expect at this appointment? Anyone have similar issues to what I have? Anyone have surgery done? What (if you don't mind) were your experiences with surgery? Most of all, did it work and how much pain are you experiencing on a daily basis now?