Most of you know me and about my many complications with my thoracic spine. Quick recap to what brought me to this point.
Two L5-S1 surgeries, second surgery caused damage to my sciatic nerve. Which lead to spinal cord stimulator with a paddle in my thoracic spine. Then pain pump surgery to help with the pain. Twice I had the pain pump surgery because the first time they put the catheter in my low back vs thoracic. Then to find out the couldn't put it above the paddle where it needed to be because the leads on the stimulator were in the way. So now I have a pump not doing much.
I've done PT, chiropractor, steroid injections, burning the nerves, dry needling, second stimulator, acupuncture, shoe orthadics, custom back brace and massage with no relief. The back brace does help at times though.
Been shot down by many doctors stating if pain management is saying osteoarthritis arthritis then they couldn't do anything. A long going battle with no pain relief which I am now 38.
Anyways, with what brought me to this post. I made another appointment with a different orthopedic surgeon for tomorrow morning. My plan is to not mentioning anything about arthritis and say I haven't been diagnosed with anything. Technically I haven't been diagnosed as my pain management just puts what I have said and what they have done. My chart just states thoracic and low back pain.
What I want to do is start fresh with this guy. See if he can order a CT scan to be done and what other tests they may be able to do. MRI is not an option because my stimulator is not compatible. I know there are other test options but I can't think of any of them now. Hopefully this guy will be willing to take me on and start from the beginning. Someone has to be able to find out what is causing all of this. I do not believe it is osteoarthritis that is the cause.
Between the partial herniated disk, advanced disk degeneration, bone spurs and arthritis there has to be something they can do. The only relief that I get from this is laying on a hard floor while everything cracks and feels good.
We'll see what happens tomorrow morning. With my horrible luck I won't be holding my breath. Maybe I'll get lucky and this will be the one person who can give me options.
Thanks for your time