Hi all. My first post. My MRI is a mess. I have been diagnosed with loss of fluid in some on my L discs and have an herniated disc at L5/S1. The conclusion being a 2 level DDD which is irritating the right S1 or L5 roots.
I had an accident and landed on my butt/coccyx and felt as though my spine was shattered. This was 3 years ago. My mobility was off and on over the next few years getting better then getting worse and then better again with limited activity after the fall. Until one day last year my back did not get better and have been in real bad pain ever since.
After examinations (which my GP found it very hard to do because I was in so much pain) he sent me for an MRI. He had to wait to do the examinations because I was in so much pain and told me to come back in on a better day which there is no better day. The MRI came back with what I put above.
My symptoms are different to other peoples that I have read on here and is kind of worrying. Makes me think if I should be going back for another MRI? is that the right thing to do? would the results have changed that much in 1 year? The main symptoms that worry me the most is the pain on the spine and the inflammation (heat) and so then I have to use ice packs on my spine to cool it down and even numb it. I get extreme pressure, agony in walking short distances or sitting for long. I get very irritable. I am up and down like a yo-yo, however lying in bed takes all the pain away. I also get a sciatic pain in my legs which I am not too bothered about but it is the spine that I am worried about. Inside my leg it goes numb and then I collapse and the best thing about it is that I do not know my leg has gone numb until my I put my leg down and then I collapse and feeling tingling going on as well. I use my left leg first and it is that leg that seems to be the problem. I have caught myself when I have been out but with my walking stick but I can sometime control it so I do not fall, but not all of the time. Dangerous when on the stairs. When the DR asked what leg was going numb, my answer was I do not know as i did not feel it to start with and just takes my legs out. Since using my stick then I have been able to notice it more. That is my trusty 3rd leg.
My fight with my doctor took me over a year until they finally put me on Tramadol. All the other pain killers were reacting against me. I was on Gabapetin before Tamadol and that did owt, was on Amitriptyline too and that did owt being just a muscle relaxant (told GP that it not my muscles but my spine). He kept on telling to take NAPROXEN and just Paracetamol. Paracetamol is just so lame. Finally on Tramaol but I do not really get many side effects from there apart from tremors at night sometimes and nightmares that feel sooo real. The Tramadol takes some of the edge off it. All of this has seriously affected me in my own home right down to showering and dressing lower half of my body. I cannot exercise with it and my legs are weak. It is driving me nuts all of this. I am only in my 30's. Also there are some parts of my spine (well skin) that is totally numb and I can put a pin there and I do not feel it.
My question is... can there be anything that can be done with this> The operation holds a high risk of it not working or being paralysed so at the moment I am having to learn to live around the pain. If I go out, it is like short journey's only and it has to be in the car. I couldn't do a bus journey only in the car, or i couuld not go anywhere on foot.
No one really understand what I am going through and the pain that I am in..