Hi everyone -
I need some help, as we all do - that's why we're here right? :D
First off - I am 33 years old. I have had 4 herniated discs in my back (so far). The first was L5 9 years ago - it happened when I gave birth to the daughter. I had surgery and was great for about 5 years.
My second disc herniated 3 years ago - another surgery and was fine for about 4 months. Began experiencing pain again (replete with nerve pain and all).. I was sent to a pain specialist, who for whatever reason - decided I was crazy and the only problem I had was scar tissue from the previous two operations.
Well.. actually I had re-herniated that second disc (L4) and ended up having a spinal fusion on it.
I now have a herniated disc in my neck at the C5 level.
My main issues are: I am losing feeling and function in my right foot. Mainly the big toe/second toe area. I have sharp, electrical sensations randomly. I have considerable weakness in my right leg/foot. And, of course, my back still hurts.
The last MRI I had was Aug 06 - the lumbar one showed no signs of herniation or bulging. I have osteoarthritis in my lumbar spine and degenerative disc disease.
My doctors are NOT addressing this properly in my opinion. The only tests they given me are MRI's. No nerve function tests - nothing.
I do not respond to pain medications for some reason. They simply do not do anything for me. I have went this whole round without any pain management.
My foot is dying - the color has changed, the sensation - even the padding on the bottom of my foot has become less than the other.
Not one of my doctor's has even looked at it.
My best guess as to the lack of treatment is because I'm on Medicaid. Maybe? Oh heck - at this point it's more frustrating to guess, they certainly don't give out straight answers.
I'm not sure what help I need, what to do, where to go. All I do know is I am only 33 and have a 9 year old to raise by myself. I'm sick of dealing with this, sick of getting jerked around by the only people who can help.
Any advice, suggestions - anything is thanked in advance.