Re: Low Back, arm and ab pains
I know what you mean. I had a problem for a couple years and nothing was really showing on the MRI and I kept telling them that I was seriously unable to deal with this anymore. I had L4 L5 and L5 S1 herniations and the MRI didn't state anything major. I absolutely coudn't move or turn in bed. Just slept on my back for a couple years. Finally I went to a different doctor after refusing to believe there was nothing in there. It was like a bone pain and disc pain all in one.I also had a fusion for scoliosis when I was 17 from T1 to L1 but that's besides all this. So, I went to a different doctor, one who I saw when I was 16, I'm now 28. I promised him there was something going on and I just couldn't live like this. He did more tests and scans and found only the L4 L5 disc putting a bit of pressure on the nerve root. He agreed to do surgery and found that there was major bone growth trapping my nerves. I had surgery on Sept 5th, laminectomy, discectomy and I'm praying that it will do the job. I know it is a long process and I'm trying to be patient but sometimes it's hard. I feel that there is a difference then sometimes I think that he missed something. When I last saw him he said I was doin well but had a long ways to go. I had been walking a little over a mile a day and excercised 3 times a day and doing good then I went back to work and things have gotton crappy from sitting all day.
Anyways, my point is (sorry for the ramble), get someone who will listen to you. How long has this been going on? The fact that you say facet and ligament thickening makes me wonder. I wish you luck and keep us posted!!
I found this site by accident the other day after trying to find information on my back. Posted on the 11 my MRI result but cant find my original post so I will try this again. My problems started in Feb 03 so I went to the doctor he could not find anything, but put me in pt and gave me Naproxen, Skelaxin and Lorcet. After months I still have the pain. I have had xrays and a MRI. MRI shows L1-2 Normal, L2-3 Mild dis sesiccation and disc bulge, L3-4 Minimal DIsc bulge, L4-5 Mild disc degeneration and disc bulg with mild facet sclerosis and ligamentou thickening, L5-S1 mild disc desiccation, smallcentral disc herniation with slight asymmetric to the left. Mild bilateral facet sclerosis and ligamentous thickening. My dr. does not feel that any of this is the cause of my back problems. I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and can not even turn over because it feels like something ripping my back apart. My left arm has gone totally numb - no feeling at all when I move it with my other arm the circulation finally comes back. My whole torso aches and it feels like the pain shoot thru my lower ab. Does any one else have this problem? Any advise would be greatly appreceited. Thanks Sue[/QUOTE]