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Hi, Jersi! Welcome aboard. So sorry to hear about all your troubles. I can empathize. I'm in my 50's now, but when I was 23, I had my first female surgery. Then from 27 to 28 I had several more that ended with a total hysterectomy. Back in the early 80's, it was common practice to operate rather than find the cause. I later learned that I was hypothyroid and had a hormonal imbalance that they could have treated without all the surgery and loosing my womanhood. Fortunately, I was able to carry one pregenancy to term before all that. He's 29 now. Have you seen an endocrinologist to have your thyroid checked? Ask them before you go if they do TRH testing. I passed the TSH tests for years with flying colors. It wasn't until I had the TRH that they found I am hypothyroid. Female problems are a HUGE part of hypothyroidism.

In '92 I had a fibroid tumor removed from my abdomen (not cancer), and last April I had another removed. In June, I found a large lump in one breast and had to have ultrasound and mamogram. Fortunately, it was okay, just an enlarged cyst.

I am dealing with DDD, spondy, stenosis and herniated discs (also Workers' Comp as I got hurt at work). It appears that I may now be dealing with something else. I went to the designated doctor evaluation yesterday...a neurologist. After almost 2 hours of checking me from head to toe, he brought my husband in to talk with us. He started by saying that according to WC, he was only supposed to check my back and legs, but after talking with me for a few minutes and seeing my level of disability, he went further. He said that WC will only allow the treating doctors to address my lower back and radiating leg pain, but we need to go outside of the WC box. He told us that I need to see a neurologist as soon as possible for testing. He said he couldn't guess what it is without a battery of tests, but is afraid that I will continue to deteriorate and may not be able to move at all someday. Unfortunately, due to his position with WC, he can't treat me, but said if he could, I would be in the hospital having tests and being looked at by several disciplines until they found out what was wrong. Unfortunately, I lost my insurance coverage with the job. I have some insurance through my husband, but it's out of another state and there are only a couple of internists approved in Network. We tried to get an exception since there are no neurologists approved in Houston, or Texas for that matter, but haven't gotten anywhere. My husband got so discouraged after hours on the phone, that he finally had to leave and take a walk.

You say you have a headache. Do you get them very often? I have been having headaches almost every day for months. I finally stopped taking any medications that said it was a possible side effect and didn't have one for a couple of days, but then I started getting them again, just not as bad.

What part of your back is the problem? Mine is primarily Lumbar, but I also have pain in the mid-back and neck that started several months ago.

Anyway, I don't want to vent on you, but just let you know some about me as we seem to have a few things in common.

I sure hope you get to feeling better soon. If you need to talk or vent or whatever, there are a whole bunch of good people here with all kinds of experience. I'm looking forward to our becoming friends. Let me know if there's anything you need.


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