I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, also written in MRI report is Multi level degenerative change and small disc
protrusions. The central canal is narrowest at the L2, L3 L1, L2 levels where there is some flattening of the thecal sac and central crowding if the intrathecal nerve roots.At he L5 and S1 ther is mimimal disc bulge and mild hypertrophy of he facet joints and ligamentum flavum. at the L3-L4 disc contacts the right dorsal root ganglion.This is all medical jargin to me , all I know it is the worst pain I have ever felt
I have tried PT , spinal steroid injections, oral steroids , pain pils. Nothing seems to work. The 1st injectins gve me about 6 days of releif. Then it all came back . I have been to orthepedics , spinal orthopedics,pain centers, primary and now I an being sent to see a neurologist. The pain I feel is on my right side , back , hip buttock, front and rear thigh, knee, foot , ankle, toes , bottom of my heal and arch. I don't know if you would call not making it to the bathroom as losing control of your urine but this can happen daily to me. I have no relief, walking about ten steps the pain can be off the charton on a acale of ten. sitting , and lying down. It takes me a good two hours a night to find a position that eases the pain enough to sleep, however I wake through the night having to turn off of my back or side. I still am working and the pain has been going on for 5.5 months. I cry all of the time , before I leave the house for work even in work. I have no life , by the time friday comes I am so bad I stay in all weekend. I can no longer do small chores in the house even showering kills me and forget about trying to stand there and blow dry your hair. The pain is physically and mentaly wearing me down. I ended up in the Emergency room the other day, I could no longer deal with the pain . They gave me diazapan and a shot of morphine and hour later they checked on me ther I am still sitting on the stretcher rubbing my leg crying. The tried one more shot of morphin and said if that did not work they were going to admitt for pain management and look into admitting me to a rehab center. The second shot took the edge off but I went home still with some pain. About 2 weeks ago I was going down stairs and due to the 2 knee surgerys I have had I walk down the stairs side ways. I was looking down making sure I placed my foot down correctly and it began uncontolably shaking causing me to fall backwards down 3 stairs landing on my right side hitting my head ,back and buttock. I am not sure if this has anything to do with all my nerve pain but I also stumble a lot , maybe to due to the numbness in my foot. I don't know how much longer I can do this, my doctor said I should not be working. I did apply for an intermitten FMLA . Where the pain is now affecting me more I may have to go on a full FMLA. As you all know it bad enough dealing with all the pain day after day but the stress about your job and wondering where I will end up I belive is making things worse.