Re: leg feels likes its on fire
I have some concerns to just how really knowledgable this doc is regarding spinal cord issues.Her question about the bowel and bladder problems IS a standard question that is asked when trying to evaluate spinal cord problems and the severity of,but for her to think that there is NOT a problem with your spinal column based on your no answer is a little too cut and dried here.The bladder/bowel problems are not usually seen until the later stages of some really severe spinal cord compression.It is a very grave sign that something is seriously wrong,not something that you would normally see in most people with even severe spinal cord issues such as herniation, fractures or bone spurs that are pressing on the spinal nerves that are pretty much the norm.It is much more common for a patient to present to their doc with stmptoms such as yours.They will be having tingling,numbness, pain,burning or instability in a certain limb.i would press her a little harder for an MRI if you do not see any improvement in your condition.also,and this is very important,if while you are doing your PT excercises?if at any time you should feel a real sudden increase in pain,stop what you are doing and see if it calms down.if it does,then continue slowly if it does not go away within a few minutes, do not continue and see your doc.You could,without knowing exactly what is wrong back there,inadvertantly injure yourself further.i am rather suprised that your doc did not even bother to do a very basic X ray on your low back to see if there is anything wrong with the column that would have popped out at her.At the very least,I think that just to be on the safe side, I would go back and ask her to do an x ray BEFORE you start any PT.How does she know that you don't have some sort of structural problem with a disc or vertabrae without bothering to even do the basics here.I would, myself, be somewhat apprehensive to start a PT program without even an x ray done to see if there actually is anything so out of whack that if I started the PT excersices I could make things worse.But thats just me.i had things wrong in my spinal cord that I never would have expected to find there.My Dr was quite shocked as well.if I had even gone to like a chiropractor for an adjustment on my C spine with this glob of blood vessels that I didn't know had formed inside my cord,and he made the wrong move on me,i could have very easily become paralyzed by even a small movement inside the affected area.What I had does not show up on an x ray and is very rare but it just reiterates the need to check things out at even just the basic x ray level before doing anything.my neck was also a mess too.so I wasn't going to be doing anything to it but surgery for my herniated disc.it is very important when you are dealing with ANY docs out there to make sure that if you don't feel comfortable with something you are told, or and explanation or why certain tests are run, to please ask the doc to explain.drs can be very intimidating espescially if you are not used to dealing with them.I used to be that way up until my son became extremely ill and had to be his advocate.It was very good practice for me to deal with my medical nightmares now.If I have a question or I need answers to something I ask,and if I don't understand the explaination or I wonder why certain things are being or not being done, I will make them explain it again until I do.I have dealt with more docs and so called specialists than I ever cared to and am not the least bit intimidated anymore.It really helps you if you research the heck out of your condition as far as what it is and what you can do to treat it.Docs tend to treat you much better and more on their level if they think that you really do know what you are talking about.Just a suggestion that i would make to anyone who is going through some in depth medical crap like i am.educate yourself,you will be glad that you did.This will also give you much better treatment options for your condition.
sorry I rambled there.Please go to your doc and request a simple back X ray,she owes you at least the basics here.And then go from there.Please keep me posted.Marcia
11-20-01,placement of hardware for failed fusion
9-22-03,removal of cavernous hemangioma that was inside spinal cord. Neuro damage to L hand L leg and R leg.