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I am so very fed up and had it with drs so this letter is to my neuro surgeon in boston. it seems that any Dr I go to they never give me a chance to say a word. it really does wear on you after a while. so I wrote this letter if you will to hopefully get everything out there. I have a stuttering problem and seem to lose track of wht Im saying as im saying it as well as slurring, but that a whole other issue as you will read in this letter. please SOMEONE TELL ME IM NOT NUTS and that these results mean something??? I was told im not in pain by my pcp and that my Mri is normal???? huh??? Im not stupid I can read it for myself. just wondering if anyone has any advice in treating theses problems causing my so much weakness and pain. sorry so long.

***MRI OF THE CERVICAL SPINE on 9-2-20011***

There is straightening of the cervical spine.

There is moderate disc space narrowing at C3-C4 WHERE THERE IS ASSOCIATED CHRONIC VERTIBRAL BODY SPURRING.

THERE IS ALSO mild vertebral body spurring anteriorly at c4-c5 and c5-c6, there is moderate to severe bony foraminal norrowing on the right atC3-C4 and there is moderate bony foraminal narrowing on the left at C3-C4

CHRONIC DEGENERATIVE and or post tramatic disc disease primarily at C3-C4 there is associated foraminal narrowing which may be significant. correlation with physical findings is recommended.

CT OF CERVICAL SPINE...
There is degenerative change on the cervical spine which is most ssevere at C3-C4 with moderate loss of disc height and broad posterior spondylosis and uncovertebral joint hypertrophy with osteophyte encroachment upon the bilateral neral foramina.

Additionally, there is resultant Moderate to Severe narrowing of the spinal canal.

MRI OF THE LUMBAR SPINE...

L4-L5 There is disc desiccation Along with, mild loss of disc height. approximately 1mm of grade 1 retrolisthesis.

There is a SHALLOW DISC BULGE Along with mild posterior EPIDURAL FAT.

There is FACET ARTHROPATHY.
There is mild NARROWING OF THE THECAL SAC.
There is mild NARROWING OF THE NEURAL FORAMINA,LEFT GREATER THAN RIGHT.
***L5-S1:.. There is "DISC DESICCATION" Along with "MODERATE" LOSS of DISC HEIGHT.

Again, seen is approximately 1mm of grade 1 retrolistheses.
There is a small RIGHT PARACENTRAL DISC PROTRUSION.
Thecal sac appears patent.
There is mild right posterior CORNER SPONDYLOSIS.
There is "FACET ARTHROPATHY".
There is minamal narrowing of the right neural foramen.
The left appears patent.

MY hISTORY... L4/ L5/S1 PROBLEM Started at the age of 18 after many, slips and falls going down multible out door flights of stairs coverd in ice. I was wearing heals and just moved to Ma From CA. Never knew ice or snow. and no I did not sue anyone!!! It was my own fault and I am not trying to sue anyone NOW nor AM I looking for proof for work A related injury, LET'S MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR...

At present.. just simply looking for the CAUSE and treatment options of the issues discibed below.It would be GREATLY appreciated if you could please take the time to read this...

I fell on my buttocks many times IN The winter of 1991? causing the problem in the lumbar region. I have bouts of siatica with foot drop on accasion. left leg, buttock, calf, thigh,foot pain raidiating or shooting in some cases, along with heat sensations, some pins and needles in certain areas along these places and bottom and foot pain.

weakness in leg and foot along with novacaine numbness has progressed severly to the present time.

I have been to the pain center seeing Dr. Gannon whome diagnosed me with Sacrailliits? spelling... my hip clicks, and also clicks in lower back.

I saw him for a period of maybe 6 month with injections into my facet joints along with PT upstairs from the pain center. I told him of my bouts with SIATICA he didnt seem to want to hear that I had siatica even though I had documented Foot Drop in the past and the pain went from my back to both right and "mostly left" buttocks to thigh on right but all the way down to foot on "left".

Treatments tried... PT, Aqua theripy,steriod injections and pill form, pain meds anti inflamitories, muscle relaxers which did help on accasion..But always got worse when PT stoppped. spinal injectons, epidural, and more PT. spinal minipulation, ice heat tens unit, I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ONE AT HOME? stretching exercises, more PT and more and tylenaol, advil, alieve,muscle relaxers. predisone which worked sometimes with combo of meds.
but for the most part, none of them even touch the pain Im feeling.
I have had percocet, vicoden, codiene 3 and 4, tramidol ext....
The only pain med that took most of the pain away was percocet but this is "NOT GOING TO FIX THE PROBLEM". I AM WELL AWARE OF THAT!I AM NOT HERE ASKING FOR PAIN MEDICATION IN FEAR OF NOT BEING BELIEVED THAT "I AM" TRULY IN CHRONIC AND SOMETIMES SEVERE PAIN. I am here asking for tests to pin piont my exact problems in the spine, ligaments, nerves, muscle ext... I am in TRUE PAIN!!! I JUST NEED ANSWERS AND TREATMENT OPTIONS???? MYLOGRAM AND A DISCOGRAM COULD BE VERY HELPFULL as you well know.. IN DIAGNOSING WHERE THE PAIN IS COMING FROM.???
I have had a mylogram 20 years ago SHOWING ABNORMABILITIES, LEADING TO MY SSI. Done at milton hospital and dr latchaw was my back dr at the time. since i have not had a back Dr.

I have been told that there is NOTHING WRONG WITH ME AND THAT IT'S IN MY HEAD EVEN THOUGH I RECIEVE SSI FOR THE LUMBAR ISSUES, SIATICA, FOOT DROP..EXT.. as you well know is very hard to get if there is NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU!!! THIS ALL IS MUCH WORSE NOW AND IM TOLD ITS NOTHING!? BUT THEN AGAIN TOLD HAVE WEAK REFLEXES ON LEFT ARM AND LEG??? Im clearly confused SO, PLEASE COULD WE KINDLY GET SOME TEST DONE TO SEE WHAT "IS" CAUSING MY PAIN, NUMBNESS,BURNING SINSATIONS,FALLING ASLEEP FEELINGS, SHOCKING PAINS, DULL ACHEY PAINS, PINS AND NEEDLES.SHOOTING/STABBING PAINS, LOST OF FEELING IN SOME AREAS, AND IF I SIT TOO LONG "COMPLETE" LOSS OF FEELING IN LEFT FOOT AND LEG WHERE I CANT EVEN WALK WITH MY CANE BUT NEED ASSISTANCE GETTING TO THE BED FROM CHAIR? I DONT ENJOY THIS AND CERTAINLY DONT ENJOY LETTING MY LITTLE GIRL OR CHURCH DOWN. FOR MOST...WELL... IM sure they would have lost thier mind by now but God keeps me strong in that area and gives me what I need to keep on keeping on. its my BODY THAT DONT WORK RIGHT..LOL NOT MY MIND.
Im at peace, no stress except feeling a bit unheard but with no harsh feelings. I just want answers. If you took the time to know me . you would know I am clearly not just making this up..

I have had MRI, CT SCAN, X RAY AND EMG all that I have provided to you. You are my last HOPE for help at alieviating my chronic severe pain both in my neck, shoulders, arms hand, back, thighs, calf leg and foot PAIN. I can not walk without a cane and can not stand for long at all. I cant sit for long either. I cant find a comfortable position in bed and definitely can not sit on a hard surface. whatever I do weather sitting, laying or standing Im in chronic pain. AGAIN, I AM NOT HERE SEEKING PAIN MEDICATION!!!! I am here for the right testing such as a mylogram, and mostly a discogram. these tests as you well know will confirm where the pain is comming from exactly. Also I am not looking for anything to do with workmans comp. For I am on disability and have been for 14 years do to my L4/L5/S1 Siatica, foot drop issues. I am honestly here for answers and RELIEF from the pain that keeps me from my life. Although I live in pain and can barely walk without a cane I am a very faithful Christian women who on a daily bases looks to her God for mental strength and support to deal with being stuck unable to do the things I love most, such as Playing with my daughter PHYSICALLY, pAINTing, ATTENDing MY CHURCH, attending and volunteering church and school activities. FOR A MONTH NOW I HAVE BEEN PRETTY MUCH HOUSE BOUND AND ITS NOT FUN..LOL.I AM A VERY ACTIVE MOTHER OR AT LEAST WAS...

I am A SOLDIER OF THE PLYMOUTH CORE Salvation Army. this is where my life is focused around AND OF COURSE MY CHILDREN. I have been able to help many people in my work there, i FACILITATE GROUPS FOCUSING ON THE POSSITIVE AND DEFINITELY NOT THE NEGATIVE REGAURDLESS OF WHAT LIFE THROWS YOUR WAY INCLUDING MY PRESENT ISSUES WITH MY BACK.

This neck issue caused everything to go south.... I am VERY SANE WOMEN. and have with me and if asked documentation of this along with my enrollment into The Salvation Army and my dedication to my core. I have a written letter from my pastor that discribes who I was "PHYSICALLY" until.... this neck issue that got worse after my left leg giving out on me and falling more than 3 times in a 4 month period.

Cervical region... started many years ago with pain on accasion but nothing like this!!!. three yrs ago my pinky finger on left kinda felt like it was injected with navacaine. some pins needles felt in fingers. it has only progressed from there with left arm pain and shock feeling below elbow, kinda like a toothache in the shoulder arm and hand areas.
this really hurts, just like the thigh and leg pain!!! this went on for over 3 years. No Dr seemed to care much about it. although he did say it was a name i can not remember something like a pinched nerve could be from my neck or not.

My arm fell asleep at night with severe radiating Pain down arm into hand.
RECENTLY.. this neck- arm issue has gotten worse after my left leg giving out on me and falling more than 3 times in a 4 month period. the last being a bit over a month ago. I woke up with a stiff neck that I thought would get better with motrin and ice AFRAID OF GOING TO PCP Thinking he would again say its nothing or in my head. So it has just gotten worse with pins and needles in fingers, radiating, BURNING, pain from my neck to my hands. only half way dowm my right arm though but completely all the way down on left.
I write this because a year ago I had some tingling on the left side on jaw/face and up to head, with confusion, Slurring my words blurred vision, off ballance while I was in class where I could not comprehend what was being said and sent to the ER. where the ER DR said sounds like a stoke/tis? but didnt show on mri.I HAD SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT SO BADLY WITH A HUGE HEADACHE. i WAS GIVEN MOTION SICKNESS PILLS AND MIGRANE PILLS. I was tested many years ago for mineres dissease ? spelling.. at milton hospital.because of severe vertigo attacks and balance issues.. 15 yrs ago maybe? my primaray at the time was Dr James Wargovich in Plymouth MA. after testing I was told I had it and given meclizine? spelling.. so have just lived with being off ballance, nausious, dizzy ringing in ears ever since...
so AGAIN.. I would never be able to remember all of this without writing it. I stutter and slur my words, get numbness in my ear and tongue and often forget my train of thought. I twich a bit and dont know why but it gets worse when i move around or get nervous/ exited?

so It would be very hard for me to "SAY" this to you. This has gone on for a lil over a year now cause unknown until i see a neurologist.

I saw my ent dr, because of involuntary swallowing/ while eating causing choking/ balance issues following this stuttering slurring,memory confusion, numbness tingling on lft side of face and tongue thing and also my voice changing with ongoing lyringitis? spelling? and breathing noises mostly at night. waking up gasping for air or being told by family YOLANDAAAAAAA BREATHHHHHH!!!. he also orderen a meneries testing. the test only showed the inabilty to follow that red light to the right but left was ok? not sure what it was called. ENT dr durantie in plymouth orderd this.

It all seems to be intensified after this neck thing. Im severly off ballance bumping into walls, ears are ringing so loud and the ent sent me for an MRI TO LOOK FOR MS??? But brain looks good. I do know however that a spinal tap along with my history and certain tests by a neurologist is needed a diagnosis.. not that this is what i want!!!! trust that!!!!

dont know who to turn to as my pcp whom Iv seen one time seems to think im nuts..lol so maybe , hopefully you CAN TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS AND ANY DOCUMENTS/ LETTERS YOU MAY NEED TO GET A BETTER VIEW OF ME. THE PERSON WITH A HEART AND SOUL I WILL PROVIDE TO YOU UPON REQUEST.

YOUR MY ONLY HOPE at this point SO I hope and pray you will take the time to evaluate EVERYYY THINGGG!!! THANK YOU



9/23/11





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