I am a 44 year old female in the Nashville, TN area who used to be very athletic and active. About a year and a half ago, I came down with pneumonia. The coughing was pretty intense. I woke up one morning shortly after going to the dr for the pneumonia only to hit the floor because my left leg gave out and I had severe back pain. I went to the dr who said you probably just have a pulled muscle. After 2 more visits, they sent me to have an MRI done and then onto a neurosurgeon. I had 2 ruptured discs in my back which according to the MRI created moderate to severe compression of the spinal canal and nerves. Outpatient surgery didn't relieve it, PT didn't relieve it and epidurals didn't relieve it so I had surgery in Feb 2006 to replace and fuse the 2 discs. Because it took 8 months to have surgery after it happened, there is possible permanent nerve damage.
After six months of that, I was telling my dr. about the problems in my arm and shoulder along with severe headaches thinking ok this must just be stemming from the back surgery. An MRI revealed 3 shattered discs (yes not ruptured but shattered), a huge bone spur formation and slivers of the discs basically embedded in the nerve roots. Surgery for this was in October. Still dealing with healing from this and constant pain. I am told that not only was having 3 discs done, alot of "clean up" and my cervical spine was a total mess, that I have a long lean neck which takes longer to heal than say a short musclar neck.
I have been telling the dr basically since November that something isn't right with my back and leg. I get so tired of hearing, things take time to heal, if its not a "different" or worsening pain just give it time.
I am having alot of pain in my hip and leg AGAIN. I can't lay in a bed because I can't walk when I get up for the back pain and add a double whammie that between my neck and back, there is NO comfortable position to sleep sooo I am sleep deprived as well.
My dr. told me last week that I have degenerative disc disease with chronic pain syndrome and that the pain may never completely go away. I know my body and SOMETHING Is wrong and causing it. I shouldn't be in this much pain all the time. Do they just stop listening to us after disc replacement and fusion surgery by chalking it up to "its part of it"?
What could be causing the pain all the time if the discs were removed and replaced to relieve the nerve pressure? How can I get my dr. to take me serious and listen?
Sorry this has been so long but I feel like I am losing it since I have walked the floors for 3 days now in more pain than usual.
Jami in TN