Owwww! What are my options?

I'm 56 and always been super healthy except for DDD. It was always minor, I ran, lifted weights. I was like I was 16 at 50, but...

The last year my lumber just gave out. I tried all the normal stuff but it just got worse. Now I have leg weakness, constant pain, can't run, hurts to walk and the worse part is neurological damage which turned off my colon. i can no longer poop which is really not cool. Other then this, still good overall health, good weight and muscle tone.

Funny thing is everyone says the MRI shows no nerve compression, so my HMO refuses to refer me to a spine surgeon.

What does the future hold? Anybody have successful back surgery?



  • In my opinion it’s never fair to not get a referral to a spine surgeon just because your MRI is unremarkable.


    Because a radiologist may not see something of significance (and therefore not report it) which a specialist such as a neurosurgeon or orthopedic spine surgeon might identify as your pain generator.

    So meanwhile you could think you just have a bad strain when, in reality, there’s more going on.

  • Wait?!?!  Not being able to poop sounds pretty significant to me.  What does your HMO say about that?

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  • L4_L5LL4_L5 Posts: 1,137
    edited 02/22/2019 - 2:13 PM

    Good point @urbmshr. If you haven’t seen a spine specialist what type of doctor told you this?

    neurological damage which turned off my colon

    Not having voluntarily control over your bowels is considered a medical emergency.

    Please keep us updated.

  • Jerome001Jerome001 Cocoa Beach, FloridaPosts: 261

    Have you seen a gastroenterologist? My experience is chronic constipation can create havoc. I'd ask for a a GI referral if it were me in  your situation.

  • michaelm700  I'm new here and posted my issue awaiting approval. What caught my eye was you mentioning not being able to eliminate (poop).  January 11th I woke up and discovered I was numb at my lower butt including my rectal area and genitals. I  had been having pain in my tailbone with shooting pain down my leg and relayed that to my doctor. She referred me to an Orthopedic physician.

    I had an x-ray and MRI and neither were alarming with the exception of some degeneration due to aging and a narrowing of a lower vertebrae that he said was causing inflammation never mentioning that could be associated with a painful tailbone and numbness.

    It's a strange feeling when you feel like you have to go and nothing, while at others times you know you have to go and it's not forth coming. I find I have to help by pressing on my perineum to help and because of the numbness, can't tell when I'm done. 

    I feel like a hot mess, spinning in directions not knowing which way to go or who to consult with.

    I am still numb going in to my second month and continue to have excruciating pain down my leg.

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