I'm Amanda. I'm almost 21 years old and have been suffering with chronic back pain for over 5 years. As far as I know, the problems are congential. I don't know how to make this short, so I apologize for the lengthiness.
In January 2007, I went to the ER for excruitating lower back pain and losing the ability to walk. While there, they did an MRI which showed severe lumbar spinal stenosis and a herniated disk at L5-S1.
I went to several orthopedic doctors, although none of them specialized in spines. They all suggested things like spinal decompression and chiroprators, and I refused to try that. I finally made an appointment an hour away with a very talented spinal surgeon. He suggested trying an epidural injection and then returning a few months later for a laminectomy/diskectomy.
I had the epidural- no sucess.
Laminectomy/Diskectomy L5-S1 in June 2007.
Recovery was good. Felt better for a few months, still had back pain, but my legs were not giving out on me anymore.
A few months later, severe pain returned in mid and lower back. Started having nerve pain in arms.
Went to Neurologist, prescribed 50mg Lyrica/day.
Had another MRI (cervical)- showed several bulging discs.
This MRI also showed a disk, or lack thereof around T4 or T5, that looked completely gone. None of the doctors seemed to think anything of it? (Have copy on computer if anyone wants to see what they think)
Went back to spinal surgeron 11/07- did another MRI, showed another herniated disc in lower thoracic. (never sent me the report, so I'm not sure which disk) Said not to do physical therapy, would heal on it's own.
Every month the pain was getting worse and worse, but I was without a car for several months so I had no way of seeing my spinal surgeon or neurologist. A few weeks ago I made an appointment with another spinal specialist closer to my home.
He made a huge speech about how he was dedicated to his patients and wanted to do x-ray and MRI and see me back the following week for an injection. (before ever seeing my films) I went back Friday (7/25) and was prepared to show him my older films and ask him a few questions before the procedure. Instead he stuck his head in, barely mentioned my radiology report (which I have yet to see) and told me to follow the radiology tech.
Had procedure-no local, no muscle relaxers, been in severe pain since friday.
So in summary:
Pain for 5+ years
Several bulging cervical disks
Mild herniation at in lower thoracic
(and although I don't have the radiology reports back yet, from the films it looks like) Re-herniation at L5-S1
and herniation at L4-L5
Degenerative Disk Disease
On Lyrica 50mg/day
Oxycodone as needed (try to take only when in severe pain)
Cyclobenzaprine as needed
Sorry for the lengthy introduction.