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20yr w/extreme back pain

Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me with this issue. 

Just a little background: 20yr CNA and suffered an injury to low-mid-cervical spine. I've also been experiencing pain, tingling, and burning in my hands and feet, along with my back. My legs give out and can't support my weight if I've been standing or walking too long. Then I have a very noticeable limp. The burning in my extremities actually occur when I'm exposed to any type of heat (sun/warm shower) and it feels like the burn you get when running frostbitten hands under water.

Anyways, I've had an MRI done on my lumbar almost a month ago. My doctor said, according to the report, I have a perfect lumbar. Which is weird with all these symptoms. At my appointment last week I found it he hasn't even viewed the scans, only the report, and asked me to bring in the CD for him to view. He also ordered an EMG, which I'm waiting on the followup for the results on Monday.

I'm no specialist, so all I know when I look at my scans is that it's my spine and I've just been comparing them to normal MRIs. And what's really gotten my attention is that from L3-L5 there's this black line going vertically through the vertebrae. It kinda pushes out from the discs into the vertebrae but not the spinal canal. Imagine slicing a piece of cheese in the middle, on both sides, without separating it.

Does anyone have a slight clue to what it could be? I'd post a picture but I'm new and don't know how. It's been almost a month of no answers and googling/comparing symptoms and I'm driving myself crazy.



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745
    hello bellaw0730
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    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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