This is my first post to this forum and I am happy to have found this site.
I am a 50 year old woman who has suffered with Chronic Pain Syndrome for the last 13 years. It all started with my lower back wherein I had a herniated ***k which caused pain that went down my right leg and into my ankle. For 8 months I could barely walk and was hunched over and that was when I decided I had no alternative but to go ahead with surgery, a disectomy of the L4-5 region. After waking up, I could immediately feel that the pain in my leg was gone however the back pain still existed. Disk degeneration has gotten significantly worse over the years, and an MRI shows significant degeneration in the Cervical region (neck) and in the Lumbar/Sacral region (lower back).
I also have bladder incontinence and when Kegel exercises (which were difficult because of lower back pain) and medications didn't help, I received surgery called a "Burch procedure". However, I am still having to use pads on a daily and regular basis.
I also have had problems with constipation and loss of feeling with respect to bowel movements. The specialist advised that the bladder and bowel issue could be related to long term use of prescription medications.
About 4 years ago I was rear-ended by a truck while I was sitting in my vehicle waiting for the light to change. Injuries sustained were 2nd degree whiplash and soft tissue injury to my neck and shoulders, and a minor concussion which caused severe and constant headaches. However, over the years the headaches have been less in frequency and intensity.
Then, approximately 4 or 5 months ago, I started regurgitating in my mouth and at times I also had heartburn. It seems to be worse at night to the point where regurgitation comes out my nose, and I am gasping for air as I feel like I'm choking. I was prescribed medication for this, and although it sometimes helps with the heartburn, the regurgitation still persists.
As well, about a year ago, I started to have sore feet when I woke up in the mornings however as the day progressed, it seems to get better. However, over the last 6 months I have noticed that my feet and hands are hot and almost burning, slightly swollen (difficulty getting my ring off my finger wherein it normally slides off), sore, stiff and a slight feeling of "pins and needles". It is very difficult to walk on my feet in the morning but as I stated above, as the day progresses it seems to dissipate with mild stiffness remaining. I think I should also mention that I have "excessive" sweating as well, probably 8 to 10 episodes a day, that last about 10-15 minutes each time wherein I am completely "soaked" and my hair is wet. This is so uncomfortable to the point where I am paralyzed and fatigued.
As this is my first post, I was not sure how much details I should give so I apologize if this post is too long. My main concern is my feet and hands so if anyone has any advice, I would appreciate it very much.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.