I don't know if this is the correct forum to post these questions in or not. But if not hopefully the Moderators can move it to the appropriate forum, if it's not.
I'll start by giving alittle history. I've had back pain for more years than I care to count (more like 20-25 years. In March of last year I had an episode that scared me to death! I woke up one morning to find I couldn't move my legs, had very limited movement in my hands and arms. After having my wife help me into a sitting postion on the side of the bed (not without alot of pain), my wife called my doctor who immediately told her to call an ambulance and take me to the ER. They kept me for two days and ran every test they could think of, without coming to a conclusion as to what had happened! When I go home, I called my family doctor and told him what they had done and he sent me to a Neurologist. The Neurologist had me come in and they did an MRI on my spine. the Results: "Spinal Stenosis and signifigant bone degeneration of the T6 vertabre". He told me that this would eventually put me back in a wheel-chair. I had been in one back in the late 80's, early 90's (for 3 years) due to an on the job injury.That was March 10th of 2010. Since then I have found little else out. I did however find a second Neurologist and had all the first neurologist findings transfered to her and had a second MRI done on my back. She confirmed the first doctors findings. Since then NOTHING! nothing about what to expect or how to deal with the pain.
I can't sleep for long on either side, for the shoulder pain. When I lay on my back, I can't lay there more than 30-45 minutes before I HAVE to get painfully up, get my quad cane, slowly and painfully get dressed and hobble to the garage to sit in the only chair in the house that provides some relief after 2-3 hours (I am always up anywhere between 2:00-4:00 in the morning with back pain). My wife thinks it's either that I don't want to sleep with her anymore or the bed. But it's not. It's my back! I still don't know what I'm looking at as far as what to expect to happen in the coming future. - Confused not scared.