Where to begin? I have been suffering from thoracic pain since I was in a wreck 4 years ago. I've already had a C7-T1 discetomy. My major problem is my mid back. I have degeneration all throughout my spine along with Osteoarthritis.
I also have 3 herniated discs in my lumbar spine. I've dealt with lower back pain since 2008. Honestly lumbar back pain is a cake walk compared to this and I'd take that any day over my entire chest and rib cage feeling like it's being ripped apart. I'm in so much pain that I have had to file for disability at the age of 26.
I can't work I sit and watch tv all day long which is no life I had hoped for myself at least not at this age. I've tried just about
anything to get relief and nothing has helped. I even saw a neurosurgeon and he said he couldn't do anything since it wasn't on my spinal cord. I had yet another MRI done this week after taking two hard falls this month and now I'm not sure if the readings are enough for surgery.
If any of you have some advice on what the heck MRI'S mean then please I need all the advice I can get until I am able to be seen by the doctor. My T5-T6 shows focal central disc protrusion measuring 3.3 mm in transverse dimension and mildly flattens the ventral spinal cord. T7-T8 focal left paracentral disc protrusion measuring 3.5 mm in transverse dimension and mildly contours the ventral spinal cord. The fun one is at T11-T12. Focal central and bilateral paracentral disc extrusion measuring 17 mm in transverse dimension with 10.6 mm of inferior some ligamentous migration. This contacts and mildly contours the ventral spinal cord and causes mild narrowing of the central spinal canal with an AP sac diameter of 10mm. So does anyone know if this means it's bad enough for surgery?
They have me on 10mg percocet 4 times a day which isn't helping whatsoever. Especially having had gastric bypass surgery and not absorbing pills right. I can't sleep in a bed anymore I have to sleep in a lift recliner. I take sleeping pills but I wake up a couple hours later in tears. I honestly don't know how much more I can take and I don't have anyone else who knows what this pain is like. I desperately need advice and friends who go through the same things I do on a daily basis. So please anyone with knowledge go ahead and comment I desperately need your help.
I have made some paragraphs in your post to make it easier to read. Some of our members have tracking problems when reading. Thanks.
Post Edited By Moderator (straydog) : 9/7/2016 4:54:48 PM (GMT-6)