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T12-L1 4mm left paracentral disc extrusion

sonntagsterssonntagster Posts: 1
edited 12/26/2015 - 8:52 PM in New Member Introductions
Hi there,
My names Steven and have been dealing with this injury for almost 2.5 years. It's progressively gotten worse as I work as an EMT. I do a lot of heavy lifting. I'm on workers comp but i feel as though things are going very slow. I believe I re injured the disc 2 months ago and am now having some of the worst symptoms i've had yet. I've been to the ER 5 times in the last weak. Specifically because my doctor told me to go due to my symptoms. I am currently getting frequent urination and nerve pain in both legs. My bladder control feels weak. I'm not fully incont but i feel like i'm getting there. I was also getting tingling in the genital areas. I pleaded with the ER about CES. However, they did not seem to care.

My MRI shows a 4mm left paracentral disc extrusion at T12-L1 with slight cord indentation and norrowing of the left lateral recess (thoracic MRI findings. Lumbar MRI shows partial visualization of 4mm disc protrusion at T12-L1 which mildly effaces the central CSF without neural foraminal narrowing seen. All the ER doctors looked at my MRI's and said that my symptoms don't seem to be from the disc. I'm completely baffled and feel they are idiots. They referred me to a Stanford Neurosurgeon.

My Appt with the Neurosurgeon went about the same as with the ER doctors. She went on to state that if she were to give an MRI to most Americans they would have some type of disc abnormality. Which I agreed, however i have symptoms and some lucky folks don't. I told her all of my symptoms, lower body weakness, nerve pain below waist in legs, urinary troubles etc. She again said that surgery does not seem to be an option and reffered me to a Neurologist for further findings.

My Neurologist basically said the same as everyone else. Stating that my symptoms don't seem to match with whats going on inside or via what the MRI states. So I'm gonna get an EMG and further work up ASAP. I'm just worried and started to freak out about all the symptoms I'm having. I was rushed to the ER for a panic attack on the 24th so this is really killing me physically and mentally. I'm only 25 and am very active and athletic. Just feeling lost, desperate, and depressed.

Any help and or encouragement is highly welcomed. Thanks all for reading.


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