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Never thought I would be dealing with this!
I am so looking forward to chatting with others in similar situations as I. My story is as follows: I've been dealing with neck pain for 13 years. Shame on me for just dealing with it. This year it turned into myelopathy, dropping things & unstable gait along with triggering spinal epilepsy. Needless to say surgery was in order. End of July I had fusion C3 to C6 with my own graft. Neck is doing well so far but everything else spiraled downhill. Since the surgery, I have herniated L5-S1. I have no idea how I did this. MRI supposedly, shows central/right herniation with degenerative issues at L4-L5. Sciatica symptoms, constant pain back of left hip, down left thigh, numbness & tingling in calf, shinn & big toe. I also have numbness in my left pereneal area & episodes of both bowel & urinary incontenence. Coincendently, I have had diarrhea with no pain or cramping)for 8 weeks & my GI doctor can't figure out why. I had a diagnostic spinal injection, last week, at the left of my L5-S1 with no pain relief yet. Supposed to go back to work on the 27th of this month (with a lifting requirement of 40 lbs.) and haven't even started PT for my neck, let alone my back. I would appreciate any insite from those who may have had a similar experience. Thanks!