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My name is Alyssa and I'm new to this forum stuff but I just wanted to reach out and get other people's opinions on something I'm going through.
Here's my story..
I'm 23 years old and I've been dealing with lower back pain for about 2 years. Recently, it's progressively gotten worse. I went to Detroit 2 weeks ago and my upper thigh area was numb the whole ride home. If I drive for more than 25 minutes that's what I'm dealing with.. It doesn't shoot down my leg, yet.
I got an MRI, everything was fairly normal, a little disc problem, but the abnormality that it showed was a cyst by my spine. They said they weren't going to associate it with the numbness in my legs because the numbness isn't down my whole leg. I had a few different options and they were all basically medication. I'm not one to take pills, I've always hated it so when they told me those were really my only options besides keeping up with my physical therapy exercises at home, I was a little upset. I know I'm not a doctor, but I just feel like I needed a second opinion about what I'm going through.. I feel like my numbness isn't just coming from nothing. It's so bad when I'm at work, sometimes when I reach over a patients bed it's all numb, or when my husband gives me a back massage and it's a certain part of my spine, just numb. The Physician's Assistant told me that surgery would be the last resort option if none of the above work. I've been on muscle relaxers and I just feel like everything they're wanting me to do is just the TEMPORARY things. With the job that I do, (PCA) on Spine & Ortho floor, I cannot continue working with the pain and numbness that I'm going through..
If anyone has any advice, or same experience anything is welcome. I'm not sure if I should just follow my doctor's orders or get a second opinion.
Thank you for taking the time to read this,