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whoppsie... big oops... new at this site thing...and didn't mean to send this without all my history... here's my deal:

L2-3; 4mm central disc protusion, causing focal indentation on the the thecal sac. the lateral recess and neural formina are patent. the protruded disc contains a high signal, suggesting annular tear.

L3-4 has a 5mm central disc protrusion, causing effacement of the ventral aspect of the thecal sac & has a high signal suggesting annular tear. neural foramina are patent.

L4-5 has a 5 mm right paracentral disc protrusion, causing effacement of the ventral aspect of the thecal sac. this also has a tear, mild facet hypertrophy and mild neural foraminal stenosis.

L5-S1 has a 4mm right paracentral disc protrusion causing effacement of the ventral aspect of the thecal sac and there is mild narrowing of the right lateal recess. neural foramina are patent. mild facet hypertrophy is seen.

i also have 2 3mm disc protusion on c2 and c3. which i have been told is no big deal.

i have been off work since april, as i was sitting at a desk closing escrows for 12 to 15 hours daily. eating my lunch at my desk, and would have pee'd there also if i had a catheter. i was a huge mess taking up to 12 vicodin a day to deal with the pain and the workload. finally my internist said that's it... and wrote me off work until october. she has referred me to an ortho and neuro, who in my opinion have been worthless.

i am in extreme pain. i went to the neuro who prescribed a narcolepsy drug because of my fatigue, which made me very, very ill. he also did an emg, which he said showed no nerve damage, stating that i would not benefit from an epederal.

the ortho who i saw first, immediately recommended the lower epederal (in a facility he owns, also without an emg), but because my rib cage and "chicken wing" area of my back being so painful,i am wonderfing if i should get another mri of my thoracic.

i have lost all faith in our medical world. i am trying to heal my body and wondering who to believe and what to do. i am reading everything i can get my hands on. i am desperately trying to avoid putting the steroids in my body. i have a chiro who does not adjust me, he stretches me and puts electroids on my painful areas. it does help.

i am trying to focus on others who have much worse problems than myself. i have good days but i am in pain 24 hours a day. i am not getting any exercise other than walking to the beach and throwing a chair down and sitting in it for the day. everytime i go for a walk i do something where i am bent over for days like an 80 year old woman.

any suggestions...????

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