I'm new to forum use in general, so I apologize ahead of time. I made sure to read the stickies and the rules so I think I should be fine.
So, hi! I'm new to Spine Health but I've read a few posts ever since I finally started seeing a doctor for my back issues and you guys are awesome and so helpful.
I'm not sure what my diagnosis is as I've only met my doctor once before being sent to physical therapy and pain management. My pain management doctor keeps talking about surgery but always stops short of saying what type. The medication I'm on for pain doesn't seem to be doing much, which is fine, I've dealt with it this long, what's a little longer, right?
I've had an X-ray and MRI of my back just a few months ago. In some parts of my spine, the disks are almost nonexistent and I'm close to bone-on-bone. Particularly the thoracic vertebrae. My lumbar discs are all dehydrated and bulging except the L2-L1. That one seems to have escaped the damage from my car accident. It's like the little disc that could. Poor guy. Doing most of the work.
I I haven't gotten my neck looked at yet, though the pain and headaches do suck, they're not nearly as often or as bad as the pain in the back. So I'm trying to focus on one at a time. Seems to be working well for the most part.
I was curious about people's experiences with surgery and other doctors to kind of compare to how I've been handled. I have an appointment to see another specialist for a second opinion about surgery. Especially since the ESIs didn't work. Though they were a fun experience! The anesthesiologist used propofol and as I was coming out, I found everything absolutely hilarious. I was all, "I can move my feet, see!". Those poor nurses.
Like I said, I'm a bit new here so I'm not entirely certain what to say/do. But. Hi! Hope everyone is doing well! And hang in there and be positive!