My husband is 52 years old. He was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease (osteoarthritis of the spine). He underwent lower back surgery this past September to repair herniatian and degeneration of L1-S1 vertebrae. He was in terrible pain before the surgery, but now almost eight months later he is in excrutiating pain; even more than before the surgery. He is now having pain in his hips, knees, hands, ankles, wrists, elbows, and neck. He has pain so severe now that he cannot walk more than 10 minutes at a time. It has gotten so unbearable that he doesn't want to continue at times...He cannot sleep in bed, he sleeps in his recliner because it is the only place he can feel some semblence of comfort. His ankles swell up after he is on his feet for even the smallest amount of time. He has headaches in his eyes intermittently. He had an MRI to check for any type of loosening of the hardware or possible bone fragments. The MRI was negative, however, it did show nodules on the spine, but the doctor said they are from the osteoarthritis. The doctor checked for lupus, his sedimentation rate, and for rheumatory arthritis. All of those tests were negative. I was wondering if it would be worth our while to have a bone density scan done or something of that nature. If anyone has any suggestions or advice for me, I'd love to hear from you. I feel that he has been through enough already.
Thank you in advance,