I just came upon this forum and wanted say how sorry I am that you're going through this.
I've been there myself but ended up with 2 surgeries. The 1st was for a ruptured disc in '97 and I healed right up and went on with my life. Would never have thought I had any problems. I never even had a back ache in my life until then.
Almost 7 years later, in late '03, I woke up one morning with a very familiar feeling. I went directly to my primary doctor who in turn sent me directly to the neurosurgeon. They had me go for an MRI, which wasn't read correctly, and then for a myelogram (which I highly recommend) that showed everything. According to the MRI, I was fine. According to the myelogram, my vertabre had collapsed because the remaing part of the disc that ruptured, had disappeared.
Almost 6 months and many tests later, I had spinal fusion surgery. I would be fine except for permanent nerve damage due to the extremely long wait. Had the MRI been read right and I had the surgery right away, the nerves wouldn't have been crushed between the vertebre.
I'm now disabled due to chronic pain. There are days I can't move and I haven't slept more than an hour straight in over 6 years. I take many pain pills that hardly work due to the low mg dosage and I now have high anxiety because I'm afraid I'll be like this the rest of life. I do go to a very good pain clinic and have had some relief but I know there's no cure.
If you can and if your insurance covers it, please ask your doctor to send you for a myelogram. I'm not sure I'm spelling it correctly, sorry. I sure hope you can find some relief!!! There's nothing worse than being in constant pain.
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