Posted 7/9/2008 12:34 AM (GMT -6)
Thank you for reading my post.......and for your help.
I am kind of freaked out about the numbness in the fingers and hands, since I haven't had that happen before, except for an occassional carpal tunnel flare up. This is different........much different.
If my neck hurt, I could see that it might be related to the disc bulge, and maybe it is anyway, even without the neck pain, but it's been here for awhile now, actually since my last onset of going downhill again, and I have no "reason" for it happening, if you understand what I mean....
If it would let up, then I might think that it was positional......as in having my arms or hands in the wrong position for too long, but no position makes it go away at all....it does get more intense if I have my hands in certain positions, but it never goes away....there is always some degree of numbness, if that makes sense to anyone?
And the dropsies are rather disturbing as well. Something is causing it, what that might be? Who knows at this point.
I haven't checked with the MS societies about the ramp, I am going to see if I can locate a grant or find a local organization to help with one. I did try the Center for Independent Living, which does have ramp funding, however, because my husband works two jobs to keep our heads above water, with my being disabled, we were over the threshold for the grant.....they said if I kicked him out, I would qualify and they would build a 15,000.00 wooden ramp for me.....I was dumbfounded....
There are so many like us, who aren't quite at poverty level but our insurance doesn't cover these type of things, so we fall between the cracks. We have four minor children.....and a mortgage, household bills, oil, etc....so we don't qualify.....
Ah well....Thank you for your ideas and I think that I will see a neurologist with a specialization in MS to see if that has anything to do with what's going on....
Hopefully, I will find some answers soon enough...I may come and read at the MS board, to see if there is something that I am missing in regard to what's going on with me.....
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..