My husband hurt his back about 8 or 9 mos ago. Not sure how. He has tried the shots and they are not helping. Nothing relieves the pain. It is exruciating. He is seeing a surgeon soon, he has also had signigicant weight loss in a short amount of time and has numbness and weakness in his legs. Anyone experience anything like this? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
sorry your husband is having so much trouble. you are smart to be seeing a neuro or ortho surgeon who specializes in the spine. 9 months is a long time to suffer and you need to know whats causing the pressure on the spinal nerves so it can be treated properly. let us know what the surgeon says and we wish you the best....pete
I am so sorry to hear of yet another person with lower back lpain that is excruiciating. I can relate.
I know that knumbness is a sign of nerves being pressed on. It all is in how bad and the exact problem with the discs that determines what the doctor recommends.
Personally, I have found that once my doctor put me back on my pain pills I started doing SLIGHT stretches to enshure that my tendons did not shorten.
DOP NOT do ANY exercises woithout first checking with your doctor!!!!! I can NOT STRESS that enough. You can do alot more damage if not expressly told what to do and what not to do.
I have had my numbness in another part of my body go away but it took a major life change of not lifting anything. The bursa is something that may be swollen in the hips. Look it up and discuss with your doctor.
Another thing. Please dosee a spine specialist but, don't forget to see your regular doctor as well. Once in a while there mmay be something causing these troubles. I read that the thryroid causes some troubles with the bursa as well as working hard or any serious injury.
Most likely it is going to be a herniated disk.'
I waited almost 2 years to have the worst part of my spine stop hurting. Although my MRI is still looking horrible, i opted for no surgery and let my body do its thing. For me it worketo just relieve my pain. I had to be on total bed rest for a very long time though. Ask more than one spine doctor as well.
(Oh, frozen corn or peas helps best for the swelling. 20 on 20 off repeat)
Back pain can be so debilitating. I am glad to hear your husband is seeing a surgeon. Prepare any questions ahead of time. Most likely the doctor will order an MRI, a painless tests, but it can be very uncomfortable due to the hard surface one must lay on. I want to stress that be sure the surgeon is an orthopedist, make sure he or she comes highly recommended. If you have questions right them down before your appt. and take them with you. So many times when we get to the appt. we forget what we wanted to ask. Also I would also have your husband see a neurologist. He can do several tests to determine if your husband has radiculopathy, weakened damaged areas of your body the back injury has caused which can be permanent. I can't stess enough how important it is to make sure your specialists are experienced, and are highly qualified. If you do not feel totally comfortable with this doc do not hesitate to get a second opinion. I don't want to scare you but my mother had major back surgery on her lumbar spine, which was quite involved, she had to have to herniated discs repaired, spinal canal scraping and a fusion. Her surgeon was highly qualified, but very arrogant, bad bedside manner, and in my opinion neglegent in her case. My Mom stayed in the hospital for 3 days after surgery, then went to a rehabilitaion facility for a week to help with her care. The nursing home/rehabilitation center was seriously inadequate where the nursing staff was concerned. They never checked or cared for her incision. Unknowingly she started to develop an infection, turned out to be a serious staph infection, (blood poisening) which can be fatal. After arriving home my 77 year old mother could not make it up 3 steps to get to the main level at her home. Somehow with the help of my 79 year old father she made it into the kitchen where she collapsed. My sister, her husband, my daughter, her fiance rushed over to help. EMS was called and they were able to get her up an into bed. At that time they suggested my Mom go back to the hospital after checking her incision noticing it was infected. My Mom refused, she wanted to wait to call her surgeon on Monday, the next day. On Monday morning the doc was called, the situation was explained and I was appalled to find out he said I can fit you in on Wednesday. By Tuesday Morning the incision was oozing yellow puss and thankfully my Dad called a company who transports disabled individuals to the hospital. They could not afford an ambulance. Turns out she had a serious Staph Infection, she spent another week in the hospital, a private room, because her infection was highly contagious and 7 weeks of IV antibiotics done with home infusion. My mother is doing okay now but because of the negligence of her doctor and the incompetent staff at the nursing home her recovery was set back by 2 months. My mom is stubborn, from a different generation, believes doctors are her superiors and will not question their authority. Also instead of researching the nursing home she chose hers simply because another lady whom she shared a room with told her she really liked this home. Why, it was beautiful, clean, had nice rooms, etc. I just don't want anyone to suffer because of poor choices. I told my Mom to ask her ortho what type of infection she had, he told her a generalized staph infection and sadly she believed him. I had to explain to her if she ever heard of a generalized flu, and if their was such a thing why do they have different injections each year. I also told her if that were true why are their so many types of antibiotics, if strains of infection were the same than one antibiotic would suffice. She finally understood. Recently I went to see a gastroenterologist, not my regular one, he had moved to another state. This doc after reading over my history, and symptoms, sent me asap downstairs to a general surgeon. Before any tests were done, he told me I would need my sigmoid colon out, and then scheduled me for a barium enema. I did not feel comfortable with this situation, had the test done, in the meantime researched the doctor and found out his specialty was hernia repair. Scared and frustrated I called my interist, crying and he personally talked to me and sent me to another surgeon, a colo-rectal surgeon who is also skilled in robotic surgery. Turns out the barium enema was the least likely way to visualize my problem. He ordered the proper tests, I feel very comfortable with him and will see him on Tuesday and we will discuss my options. I know this post is long but I just want everyone to know the importance of selecting a doctor, use your intuition, and make sure you are comfortable, and confident with the doctor.
And do get more than on opinion. Everyone thinks a bit differently so one doc may be great for someone else but not for you.
It is your body. Be well informed. Ask the questions they don't usually want to answer, like how long have you been doing this, is thsi the fact of what I have or do you think another test would show something different.
I ma still trying to get answers on the bursa in the body.
I have a terrible back but, I've been through the ropes before and some were treatin me to the point they almost killed me with their meds. ((i am suceptable to new meds for some reason.) The old meds work best for me I have found.
The locations of your husbands injuries may be (but, I am not a doctor) the bursa that is where some very large one sare located. It could be a buldging or herniated disk too.
Keep on asking and remember there is the Physicians board in every syate so, you can make sure that your doctor has not messed up badly, and what their record iss.
Bes of Luck,