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I've poked around here in the past looking for experiences of people who might be going through what I am. Today I decided to bite the bullet and join in.
I've had backaches for over a decade but I attributed them to poor posture and celiac nerve damage. In the early years they may well have been simply that. About three years ago, a doc told me i had lumbar stenosis. He wasn't concerned and it was an incidental finding on a scan looking for something else. His take was just "hey, this might cause you issues down the line".
Lo and behold, now it is.
In late May, I had a horrendous backache. I went to a chiropractor for a couple weeks and he helped. When the pain resurged in mid July and I didn't have the funds for the chiropractor again, I got myself a primary doc who sent me for an MRI. This is what was found:
Throughout lumbar spine there is facet hypertrophy, and fluid buildup. There is an annular tear in one disc, dessication in another and a 9mm protrusion in a third.
Since the MRI, my feet and the insides of my thighs have begun going numb. My legs ache and are weak and I've had several though still somewhat infrequent instances of foot drop.
I was sent to a neurosurgeon who referred me to get an epidural. He also referred me to a neurologist as he doesn't know what's causing the thigh numbness.
My epidural isn't for another week and the pain is getting worse. There is no action or position that alleviates it. I feel like I'm at my wit's end.