I have seen many doctors and have had a couple of surgeries, but nothing has really helped! My symptoms are interfering with everything in my life and I am doing all I can to continue working and not go on disbility! I am only 30 years old and no one can figure out these symptoms.
I had a herniated disc in '97 - then I had a chymopapain injection which fixed me for 7 years, although I still had some radicular neuropathy symptoms and back issues - but it was very manageable.
Starting in '03, I either had a recurrent L4/L5 problem, or additional neurological problems that developed at this point. In the Spring '04, I had weakness in my legs when walking on hard floors, couldn't sit for more than 10 minutes and had to use a wheelchair to get around at work. As soon as I got home from work, I hobbled in and had to lay flat. Consequently, I had an L4/L5 bilateral laminectomy in the Spring '05, but that only helped of a couple of months. During the following academic year ('05-'06), I was again forced to use a wheelchair for mobility, take various meds, try PT (which made things worse).
For the last 6-9 months, I have developed some vary bizarre neuromuscular symptoms. I have had some extreme myofacial pain in my lower back that is aggravated when I go from sitting to standing. I have sharp neuropathic pain going down both anterior thighs, neuropathic pain in my thigh when setting more than 3 lbs. on my thighs, sweating/tingling in both feet, muscle twitches all over by body, high pulse, heart palpatations, occaisional tingling in my left hand, etc. I have since had a facet injection, series of epidurals, and a radiofrequency (however, since this last one I have had some warm nerve sensations in my right lower leg and right foot). I have had 3 bouts of PT - all have worsened my pain, chiropractic therapy, various narcotics, and a TENS unit.
My MRIs show a disintegrated L4/L5 disc, but nothing so bad that I should be able to walk 1 minute and then be disabled the next minute. Besides the MRSs, I have had CT scans, and discograms.
Please help if at all possible!
Thanks in advance,
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