Sooo... I'm facing spinal surgery. I have five disks that are in various states of herniation, bulging or compression. To compound that problem I had two mris done that found. Had congenital stenosis and my spinal column is half the width it should be.
I have a lot of pain and numbness. The pain is in mostly my lower back, the numbs is in both legs and feet. I also have "foot drop" the doc said and a lot of weakness in both legs and feet. I had an epidural and that helped and have to get another in a week, then two more before my insurance will pay for ym surgery. Ivebeen hurt for two months and the doc said I have a month before the risk of permanent nerve damage sets in. He wants to remove the top of one of my vertebrae to relieve pressure on my nerves/spinal column.
I'm getting a second opinion from a neurosurgeon. I'm taking four 7.5 mg percocet a day, three 300 mg neuronton, and three flexeril a day. I take a couple benadryl with each percocet to stop the itchies. So basically I'm in lala land all day, but the pain is mostly gone. I'd rather not have to take them and have no pain, however.
I have had to take a semester off school. Has anyone else dealth with this kind of problem? I tried a chiropractor and that didn't do anything, plus. Wasted month of my time and money because he thought it was one little problem he could fix. I'll never go to a chiropractor again.
All this started when I was pulling up trees (saplings) in the yard, then got a job as a waiter and that was the straw that broke the camels back.
I am extremely nervous. One neurosurgeon said he wasn't qualified to touch me... I didn't know I was that messed up. We are tryi to get an appointment with some head neurosurgeon at Emory but he's booked fora year. His office says he sees a couple of special cases like me per month so cross your fingers that he will see me.