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I am male/36 and started to experience gradually severe back pain approximately 2 years ago. I have always had a curve and always used some form of pain medication from it under doctor's orders. However, around December 2018 the pain is debilitating. To the point of me requesting FMLA, insurance supported disability, and finally federal disability. Diagnosed as having Scheuermann's disease in
Here is the list of what was discovered from an MRI I had in April 2018.
6 discs bulged
5 discs normal
4 discs herniated
4 wedge shaped bones
3 pressing against the cord
2 stenosis areas
1 protruding disc
Tight ligament from T3 to L5
Muscles spasms from right shoulder blade to mid right side.
I first went to a very well regarded neurosurgeon, who at first did not notice how I was sitting and assumed I was looking for pain medication. After he asked me to stand up and look at me from the side, he apologized repeatedly for being crude. He ordered another MRI, because he did not like the report of the MRI that I had from my primary care doctor. The new test revealed what is listed above. He was honest with me and stated that he does not have the team to complete the surgery that I would need, but knew a surgeon in the state that took on spinal deformities. So he made a call to their offices and set it up for me to visit there.
I have been ordered 6 weeks of physical therapy and I am halfway through that. My next appointment with the new surgeon is coming up soon and I want to get an idea of what may happen in the future. I know surgery is going to come, but that could be months or years.
Is or has anyone here gone through something like this?
From what I've read and things I've googlefu'd, I am expecting all of my thoracic spine to be fused. I've never met anyone that has had anything close to this, so ya'll are my next step. I've got an amazing girlfriend that is willing to risk being a care taker. But I have to give up my career I've worked towards for the last 15 years. Anxiety is creeping around the corner and I think I will get some relief if I read someone else's experiences.