cord impingement - what next?
July 15 I think my disc herniated but this was not confirmed until Sept 9. Two kidney infections sent my Dr down different evaluation paths as they masked the true source of my constant pain during the summer. MRI just found moderate size right para central disc herniation at T8-9 with cord impingement. Left foraminal stenosis at T6-7. There are small fatty change along the upper endplate of T6 and larger area of fatty change along the upper L2. Related to degenerative disc disease. There are small cystic changes along the right T12-L1 and L1-L2 neural foremen which likely represent small nerve root sleeve cysts. I was put on Lyrica 25 mg twice a day stepping up each week by +25mg every 7days to a max of 300 mg a day. I was told to stop at the level my pain is minimal. Tylenol 3's or Lorazepam 0.5 mg I take on a bad pain day to take the edge off. I am waiting to see a Nero Surgeon but told it could be months.
What do I do now? I was told no more golf, skiing, jogging, Pilates.. just to ride my stationary bike. Trying acupuncture, massage, got a Tens machine lent to me, abdominal strengthening. But I feel like I am trying different things but have no idea if what they are doing is helping. I still have chronic pain though I get through my days which are now very limited on what I can do. I cannot drive the hour into work more than 2 days a week and then can only stay 4-5 hours in the office before the pain increases to a point I cannot focus. Is this my life now? My young teenage kids want me out hiking and kayaking etc. again. At 45 yrs I am feeling overwhelmed with this back pain.
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