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    Old 04-14-2021, 08:58 PM   #1
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    Can nerves of the back cause autonomic dysfunction issues?

    I'm a 38 year old Caucasian male. 5'8 165 pounds. Muscular and fit for all of my life. I've worked in a distribution warehouse for the past couple of years in an overworked environment lifting hundreds of 30+ pound packs of drinks daily. Big pallets of product would come in and we'd stack them from one pallet to other floor-level pallets to sort them. We would fill up a 40-50 feet long shelf with 4 tiers on it, daily. The highest tier was around 7', so that was quite a reach to put dozens of the packs up there daily. The lowest tier was also about a foot off from the floor. The other two were chest high and waist high. All in all, lifting those 30 pound packages all day and bending thousands of times per day has taken it's toll on me.

    I started the job in March 2019 and started having random autonomic dysfunction symptoms in December 2019. Since mid-December 2019, I have had episodes of rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, palpitations, lightheadedness, feeling jittery and shaky, adrenaline, frequent urination, blood pressure and heart rate rapidly going up and down, intermittent stomach pains, intermittent lumbar pain, bladder pain and colon pain about 2 inches below the navel. The lumbar pain grew with time and I figured it was just a little back strain due to all of the lifting. I've been to every doctor and specialist that I could and they all said I was healthy, but had autonomic dysfunction. We haven't found any related disease or condition.

    Then in November 2020, I got out of bed one morning to get ready for work and could barely stand up straight, nearly fainting in the floor from lumbar pain. I got sent to a worker's comp clinic. Over a month of physical therapy, cold laser therapy and TENS didn't help. Worker's comp doctor requested an MRI.

    "1. There is mild-to-moderate degenerative spondylosis at L4-5 associated with Scheuermann's disease. 2. The L4-5 disc space level demonstrates moderate degenerative spondylosis and narrowing of the disc with prominent Modic changes related to stress response. There is a bulging disc indenting the thecal sac across the midline. In addition there is a left lateral and left foraminal herniated disc protrusion and bone spur measuring 3 x 6mm in size touching the epidural space with minimal extension into the left neural foramen. The right foramen is normal.
    3. The L5-S1 disc space level demonstrates a small amount of fluid in the right facet joint. There is no evidence of herniated disc or spinal stenosis. The neural foramina are normal. Age of injury of all bony changes: Chronic. Age of injury of all herniated discs: Indeterminate"

    Workers comp doctor said it is the autonomic dysfunction causing my back pain. My personal doctor refuted that in a letter and said my back injury is totally unrelated to autonomic dysfunction.

    But I have found spinal nerve charts that link the L4-5 and L5-S1 nerves to various issues with the intestines, reproductive organs, colon, thighs, legs, etc. Constipation seems to be related. I now have bowel movements around 3-4 days apart with soft stools, so more of a malfunction of the intestines not moving stool along properly. IBS symptoms, weird feelings of weakness and tingling in my legs, partial sensitivity loss in groin, erectile dysfunction, Sciatica noted by my personal neurologist when I saw him. Worker's comp doctor refused to believe it, even though the Neurologist documented it. I get sharp pain in my lumbar when standing up straight and bending left, right, forwards or backwards. The Sciatica runs down my legs to my feet. My legs feel weak and tingly sometimes and I also have days where I feel like my legs aren't working properly and I walk funny. I'm lightheaded 24/7. My lumbar hurts all night while sleeping and I sleep horribly. Since my back injury, I haven't worked since Mid-February because of the stabbing pain. I have a lawyer and everything and they're fighting to get me to a spine doctor.

    Have you ever heard of nerve injuries causing autonomic symptoms like this? I feel like the pain radiates from my lumber through my body and into my bladder/colon daily, which seems to make them malfunction. Over a month of physical therapy, cold laser treatments and TENS did not help and the worker's comp doctor discharged me with 10 pounds and under ongoing restrictions and limited bending restrictions that she blamed on the autonomic dysfunction as causing the lower back pain.

    Last edited by singingstrings; 04-16-2021 at 06:53 PM.

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