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Losing hope and very frustrated...........

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  • Posted By: losinghope
  • November 6, 2006
  • 03:40 AM

:( I am a 28 year old woman who has had back surgery in the past (when I was 21). In August of this year I was stocking a cooler at work and I went to set a crate of 2-liter bottles down and I had a "pop" in my back and suddenly had pain in my arms and legs. I have not been able to return to work and I have been to see neurosurgeons but they all tell me to let them put in a pain pump until I am older. I have pain and numbness in my right arm and left leg. I also have chest pain at times and numbness in the midback area. I had MRI's of my spine and they show disc protrusion at C6-C7, disc protrusion at T6-T7 and a bulge at T8-9, as well as disc bulge at L4-L5 and a protrusion at L5-S1 with severe foraminal compromise. I was told by a neurosurgeon at OSU to get an EMG because I may have nerve damage that is causing my symptoms. Another surgeon told me I needed rods, plates and pins put in. I am at wits end with the conflicting answers I recieve. I can no longer do the things I enjoy and I was fired by my boss for filing workers comp--who is denying my claim. I fall because my leg gives out, I drop things all the time because of numbness. I can't sit or stand for a long time because it hurts too much but I cannot seem to get any help. I am told that I am too young to operate on or that my films look fine,if they were fine then why am I in so much pain and having all these problems. If anyone has any suggestions to ANYTHING I have posted PLEASE let me know. Thank You for your time.

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  • I just posted this to another person. If you have numbness of any of the following, groin area, rectum, legs, feet, if you lose bowel or bladder function, especially bladder, please consult with a neurosurgeon as soon as possible. If one is not available, go to the nearest emergency room. Cauda Equina syndrome is a serious medical condition that is usually ignored, as many doctors don't know about it. It can cause paralysis, permanent bowel and bladder dysfunction, and undescribable pain. Please research it, and see if you have any of the red flag symptoms. If so, get to a neurosurgeon as quicly as possible. Not meaning to scare you, but this syndrome is real, and life altering. I know. PLease take care. and don't let them push you away. Your concerns are real. If you have compression of the cauda equina, this is an emergency. Thre is also somethin called Conis med someting... this affects the upper body, if you type in conis, it should come up. again, look for red flad symptoms. Take care!
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