| | FINALLY get to see a neurologist!!!
I can't believe it!!! I finally get to see a neurologist and got a few answers! My official diagnosis: Lumbar Herniation (in L-4 to L-5 and L-5 to S-1), Lumbar Degeneration, and Radiculopathy. In plain English, I've had horrific back pain, feeling as though someone is stabbing me with knives, and pain running down both legs - my buttocks, hips, thighs, knees, calves, shins, ankles, AND my feet and toes are numb and tingling. My doctors have told me that I have only mild to moderate disk bulging, so my pain seems out of proportion to the bulge.
On Thursday, I was experiencing major confusion and was in excruciating pain. My doctor told me to go to the emergency room. He ran some tests and said that while I didn't need emergency back surgery, I needed to see a neurologist as soon as possible. He thought surgery may be necessary, but only a neurologist can say for sure.
On Friday, I had an EMG (12-14 electric shocks in the legs to check reaction and 12-14 needles stabbing into the muscles of the legs and lower back to check reaction). It was found that I have three areas of severe nerve root compression - two on my right side and one on my left. This exactly confirms my pain - it's in both legs and is more severe on the right side. The doctor told me I need to see a neurologist as soon as possible and that I may need surgery (but also stated that only a neurologist can say for sure). Finally, I feel like someone believes me and I've confirmed the reason I'm in such agonizing pain! It feels crazy to be happy to hear I have three areas of severe nerve root compression, but I am thrilled to know what exactly is wrong.
I have tried all the conservative methods - waiting for time to heal, the fluoroscopic epidural shot, physical therapy, and pain medications. Finally, I get to see a neurologist!!! I hear this doctor is also conservative. Will he ask me to try these conservative approaches all over again??? Or will he take into account what I've tried and look at other options?