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    Old 04-16-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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    Question Finally, an Answer!!!

    Since I haven't written since my first post let me fill you guys in a little before I get to the big news. I stopped allowing my doctor to perform the IMS treatment (prolo-therapy). For those of you who don't know: IMS consists of having hair thin needles stuck all over. This is not acupuncture. They then wiggle the needles around. The point of this is to stimulate the healing process in your muscles. While this therapy helps many different people it is a very painful process, and I came to the conclusion was not helping me. The last time I had a session done it completely locked up my back and I was unable to turn my head even halfway without extreme pain for over two weeks. Since ceasing this treatment however, I have been able to much better manage my pain. Don't get me wrong my pain is far from gone, but whereas I was having multiple extreme flare-ups a day, I now only have those occasionally or with a good reason for one, such as lifting something that I shouldn't. I am now able to keep my pain at a tolerable level with my medication.
    I had stepped down as lead bartender at the restaurant that I work at. I was working as a cocktail waitress. At the time I was lucky to work even one shift a week. I am now back working as a bartender. I work two full shifts and two half shifts as the backup bartender on busy nights. I haven't missed a day in weeks. My medical issues are still extreme and I have to be very careful, but I'm getting parts of my life back. IMS treatment can help many people I'm sure, but all it did for me was leave me living from my couch, in excruciating pain, unable to do a thing. This is something that I do not wish on my worst enemy.
    Up until this point I have been treated without a diagnosis. All I knew for certain was that I had nerve pain from somewhere. My symptoms ranged from numbness to throbbing pain to an extreme burning sensation practically all over my body. I have pain from my feet to my head. It took me eight months to get anybody to do an MRI. My neck MRI was perfectly normal. This past Monday I got the results from the MRI on my lower back, though my doctor was apparently too busy to discuss this very important information with me and I had to find out from the nurse practitioner. I have stenosis. My L5 canal is too narrow and is pressing against a nerve(s). This is great news for me as I finally have an answer!
    I am so excited to not have to give people vague responses concerning my medical issues anymore. As I said I was unable to speak to my doctor about this news, this is my pain management doctor by the way. Luckily I have an appointment with my general practitioner (GP) on Friday and I hope to be able to discuss this further. After doing much research I have decided that surgery is my only option. I am not afraid of surgery, but back surgery is a different story. My grandmother has had 4 major back surgeries and has 15 lbs. of steel rods in her back which has given her a lot of problems. I do not want this for myself. My research has told me that a laser surgery has recently become available, and I really hope that it is an option for me.
    Before deciding anything I want to have an MRI on my upper back as this is where my pain started. I don't believe the stenosis is causing all of my pain, most of it yes, but not all of it. I believe there might be other vertebrae along my spine with this problem. I want to have all of the information before I undergo any surgery, especially if their are other problems.
    Since all of my information about my condition has come from my own research I would love anybody's thoughts, opinions, or expertise. I am 22 yrs. old and have never had medical conditions of this caliber before. I just want my life back, and all I can do is hope that I am making the right decisions. I do not want to have to rely on narcotics for the rest of my life.

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    Re: Finally, an Answer!!!

    What you might want to do now is make an appointment with an orthopedic spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon, take your MRIs with you and go for a consultation. The findings of the MRI will need to be correlated with the findings of the physical exam, basic neurological exam and after hearing your symptoms, and how they affect your daily living.

    Do not settle for a diagnosis from your family doctor or the pain management doctor. It is important to get as accurate a diagnosis as you can and a plan of treatment from the spine specialist.

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