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I found this site after seeing my dr for mri results.
Im 35 years old and about 18 months ago i stood up from a chair and was hit with excruciating lower backpain. I saw a physiotherapist and started to get better but about 3 months after the initial pain my hip started to cause problems. (Ive had hip pain since my late teens) then like a domino effect i had one issue after another. Changes to my reflexes, lack of sensation and my legs giving way for no apparent reason. Then the muscle spasms started so my physio and dr decided i needed to see a neurologist.
He examined me and said he was sure it was my spine that was the problem and organised an mri of my entire spine and my hips.
The results werent what anyone expected (suspected a herniated disc pressing on nerves)
turns out i have degeneration in almost every cervical disc, a left sided bulge at c5/c6 which has narrowed the fornam exit, it also showed bilateral degeneration of the L5/s1 facet joints and a rotated sacrum.
Neuro has said surgery is not an option due to my age and the number discs that are effected. He also wont touch the joint.
I cant have any epidural injections due to an adverse reaction to epidural medicine in the past. Im also allergic to nsaid so for now they have me on 50mg of amatriptyline nightly, 2 cocodamol 30/500 every 4 hours during the day and 100mg of tramadol at night.
This diagnosis has been really difficult as im a very active person. I was involved with archaeology, scouting and many clubs helping to keep children active, I have had to give up almost all these. The dr says i should be able to live a relatively good life as long as i work with my own pain thresholds.
Can I ask how others with similar issues manages ?
I m sorry this is such a long post.