Hi all. I need some advice. First my health problems briefly. I have been thru 6 spine surgeries, including instrumentation in the neck and the lumbar area. My last surgery was implanting the spinal cord stimulator. I currently have stenosis in the neck and lumbar area and the doctors were afraid to do any further surgeries on me.
In addition, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. I also have had surgery on the leg-left for blood clots which had to be removed.
I now have peripheral neuropathy in the legs. The left leg is the worst. It is numb from the Knee down and I get pins and needles in the leg that is why the stimulator was done and has helped somewhat. There is some atrophy of the left foot area.
In addition the recent emg show sensomotor neuropathy of the arms. I have stenosis in the neck so I have neck pain and shoulder pain. The left being the worst. At times I feel like my shoulders get real tired quickly from simple things like holding a phone or even typing this I get tired easily.
I have tried medications in the past - unsucessfully. I have been on pain medications such as Neurontin (had trouble with this med), oxycodone, amitriptyline, cymbalta, ultram and the list goes on. No relief what so ever.
I am worried about further damage being done. How to prevent further problems with the neuropathy. I am seeing a pain management guy in February.
Once there is neuropathy is it permanent? Does it progress? How is it controled. What can be done?
Thanks for the input all.