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Background: Medically retired Air Force Colonel.
Was a pilot for the first 17 years of my career, Jets and Helicopters.
While in Jets I hurt my lower back and had an L5-S1 discectomy and laminectomy.
The pain resolved for ten years, then I
hurt it again and had another surgery.
The second surgery was 12 years ago.
While serving overseas 8 years ago I badly injured my
cervical spine. This led to the end of
my Air Force career and I have been unable to work since then. The pain is terrible and persistent, I deal
with it all day, every day. The chronic
and severe pain has ruined all aspects of my life. I have tried ALL methods of conservative
treatments for my neck and have had 5 surgeries including three intense fusion
surgeries in the past 18 months, the last was a very difficult 6-level fusion
(C4-T2). Following the last surgery I
have had an increasing amount of pain and numbness in my arms. I wake several times each night with either
or both arms completely numb from the shoulders to the finger tips. A month ago I started getting pain and
numbness in my right leg (left leg is fine)…this is in addition to the arm
A few days ago I woke with severe, sharp pain in my right
hip and sharp pain and numbness in my leg from the knee down through the front
outside of my right shin and into my right foot. This is not getting better, in fact, it is
getting worse daily. I am not sure what
it is causing it, it doesn’t sound like sciatica because it isn’t really
hurting in the back side of my thigh, and I can’t imagine that my leg pain has
any correlation to my bad neck injury. I
am falling apart rapidly.
Any thoughts? Your
experience and help would be greatly appreciated…thank you!