I had 4 discs damaged last August doing heavy lifting. Since then I am having increasing symptoms of bowel bladder control vs retention problems, sciatic pain, numbness, gait changes, 15 pounds of weight loss without dieting, and no appetite besides being in constant pain.
I notified my doc who said to go to the ER and have another set of MRI's done. I did so, but the radiologist said the only thing he sees in the lumbar area is facet joint damage, L4-5, disc damage L2-5, Schmerl's SP? nodulesbut only slight impingement on the cord space. I have a notable hemangioma in the T1-2 area.
I am seeing my doc again tomorrow before having a second round of 4 transforaminal injections on Sunday Dec 14th. I am getting the feeling he doesn't believe me. I am starting to think maybe I'm nuts or something! How do you get them to believe you? This MD is a really good surgeon who did my neck fusion. I really trust him, but am starting to feel the need to move on. I am also having problems with the Lortab he gave me. I started breaking out in hives, so I have had to do with Tramadol and Darvocet for pain which is like taking aspirin. I have a whole bottle of 180 tabs I have not touched because of the hives, should I take it to the office to show him I'm not some drug addict? I don't know what to do do, just need help controlling the pain so I can keep on working. The first set of shots only lasted 3 weeks! :''(