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I am a 34 Yr old woman and I have been having back pain since i was in my early 20s. I have faught with drs and specialsists through out this time to find a diagnosis. I have had countless xrays which through the yrs have showed a number of different things such as mild degenetative disc disease, narrowing, loss of cervical lordosis, bone spurs, muscle spams etc. I have tried accupunture, physio, massage, & chiroprator. I have tried NSAIDS, cymbalta, analgesics, muscle relaxers. My dr recently put my on Lyrica, but i have not started it yet as, cymbalta has made me gain 25+lbs and i stopped taking and am now trying to lose that weight. I do have alot of other symptoms such as severe fatigue, aches and weakness in my arms and legs. My whole back aches, not just my neck. I recently had a CT of my neck done, as they refused to do my whole spine when i asked because of my age!!!!! so the results of the ct of my cervical neck are:
Cervical spondylosis is present. The degenerative disc disease is mid to moderate at c3-4 and c4-5, moderative- severe at c5-c6 and mild at c6-7. at the c3-c4 level mild righ neural foramina narrowing and minimal right central canal stenosi. at the c4-5 level, mild bilateral nural formamina narrowing and mild central canal stenosis. at the c5-6 level SEVERE, left greater that right, neural foraminal narrowing and moderate central canal stenosis greater on the left side. Likely there is at least impingement on the exiting left c6 nerve root.
At the c6-7 moderate to severe left and mild right neural foramina narrowing and mild left sided central canal stenosis.
Impression: Degenerative disc disease resulting in multilevel neroforaminal and central canal stenosis as described above.
I asked my dr to have the rest of my back ct done now as the back pain is not just in my neck and that is where we only ct was done. previous x-rays that i have had done in my neck had not showed these problems only the ct did. she said that we would do a lumber xray first.
I do not want to go throught the same process I did to get these results, obviously xray is not going to show my problems as it didnt with my neck. I feel like giving up, I am in so much pain and my life is at a stand still. I have a 4 yr old son, I am a nurse. I am currently off work due to this condition. I feel like my drs are not taking me seriously maybe due to my age. When i mention surgery my dr says oh no that you dont want to do, its too risky.
Well so I have to live like this, does anyone have any reccomendations of what type of dr or specialisit i need to see and anyone that can help me. I cant keep living like this.
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