NEWBIE with questions
Hi, I'm Joan I just turned 31, and have had back pain for years, this last year and a half it took a really bad turn for the worse. I have degenerative disc disease sever degenerative arthirtis in my back they said i have had arthritis in my back for at least 15 years. my spinal cord, from L-5 downevery disc is herniated or degenerated. I have weakness on my left side and am waiting for testing from a neurologist..conduction study or something like that. I have to use a walker, I am in horrible pain, and just started pain management, they gave me a tens unit and i have tried it and tried placing electrose in different spots etc, but it doesn't help at all. I am in constant spasm, i get sciatica on both sides, and have severe narrowing of the right foramen. one neurosureon said i have spinal atrophy, but the neuro doc i am seeing says no. had mri, don't have MS, but feeling really sad because i cannot do much at all, and if I do, it takes at least two days to recover from it. I have three girls, and two stepdaughters,and feel worthless, and wondering if there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Sorry for the rant, but I guess this is the place to talk about it. Anyone out there with similar problems, and had pain reduction? or what and how were you treated?successful or not. just curious, thanks alot. PS also have ankylosing spondylitis.