Ok bro…Wow, you sound like me. Let me give you some background so I can help you take the steps needed to fix your problems.
I was an avid athlete and bodybuilder.
I was in the ARMY Special Forces, and by no means a stranger to pain
I was involved in a mission that went horribly wrong in which I was left with a broken back and neck.
I am in a lot of pain but I have made about an 85% recovery through healthy living, fitness, rehabilitation, and surgery.
I’ve been through multiple Doctors, pain clinics, surgeons, and supposed "specialistsâ??
I have had all of your symptoms at one time or another.
Opinions are like assholesâ?¦everyone has one and they all stink. Research, research, and more research led me to finally take the appropriate and correct steps.
All of your symptoms are most likely a caused from spinal cord injury, or nerve damage. A spinal cord injury is an injury to the spinal cord resulting in a change, either temporary or permanent, in the cord’s normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. Common causes of damage are trauma (car accident, gunshot, falls, sports injuries, etc.) or disease (transverse myelitis, polio, spina bifida, Friedreich’s ataxia, etc.). The spinal cord does not have to be severed in order for a loss of function to occur. Depending on where the spinal cord and nerve roots are damaged, the symptoms can vary widely, from pain to paralysis to incontinence, and sexual dysfunction. Spinal cord injuries are described at various levels of “incomplete”, which can vary from having no effect on the patient to a “complete” injury which means a total loss of function.
Treatment of spinal cord injuries starts with restraining the spine and controlling inflammation to prevent further damage. The actual treatment can vary widely depending on the location and extent of the injury. In many cases, spinal cord injuries require substantial physical therapy and rehabilitation, especially if the patient’s injury interferes with activities of daily life.
Damage to the root nerves of the spinal cord is considered a spinal cord injury as well. So letâ??s work out some steps for you to seek appropriate medical care.
- You need a differential diagnosis. Why and from who? The why is obvious; you present multiple neurological symptoms that are interfering with your ability to live and pursue a happy, and pain free existence. The exploration of the â??whyâ?? in your diagnosis will open the â??howâ?? to get it fixed. The spine is not an area where you want your local clinician poking around and recommending therapies that may further induce injury.
a) So, that leaves us with the who? Who you need to see is partially determined by the mass of symptoms you exhibit. Whereas we donâ??t focus on one specific symptom, but the grouping of all of your symptoms into categories in which the characterization of your symptoms is narrowed down to a cause and effect rationality.
b) You are exhibiting three types of symptoms. Neurological, muscular skeletal, and pain. The obvious issue is: Well who do I see then? The answer lies in the most logical question: What category do all of these symptoms represent? The answer is neurological. Thus you need to locate an expert in Neurology?
c) Now, you may very well have skeletal issues as well, but a neurologist will be able to identify that issue too in the hunt for your injury. Your goal is to start by targeting the worst and most debilitating symptoms first, and move on from there.
- You have two options in the Neurology field when it comes to your presentation of symptoms.
Now because we donâ??t ever want to rush anyone into a surgical setting, or opinion, without exploring other alternatives first, a neurologist is your first and most logical choice. Based on his/her findingsâ??, you can be sent to a neurosurgeon for later treatment if necessary. Before I was diagnosed, on the path to rehabilitation, and treated properly, I saw every specialist known to mankind.
I have had all of your symptoms, and it was only through working with a Neurologist, and Neurosurgeon, that I was able to get a correct diagnosis and move forward with treatment. Before that I had literally tried everything, and was told â??there is nothing we can doâ??, â??if we touch you, youâ??ll be paralyzedâ??. However, I was already in a wheelchair, and wasnâ??t content on sitting in it for the rest of my life without trying every last option.
It has become apparent to me that you may be limiting yourself from help because of finances. I too had struggles. My disability hadnâ??t been approved, and Tri-Care only covered shitty Veterans Administration specialist hacks. So I went outside of my network and found people who could help me. I filed bankruptcy 5 years later from medical bills, but it was worth it. I could walk, and live a relatively normal life. My advice is to do whatever it takes. You are only 21, and have a whole life ahead of you. DO NOT LIVE THIS WAY IF YOU CAN REMEDY YOU CONDITION! I sat around for 5 years, and wasted half of my 30â??s bound to a wheelchair and cane; lying at home depressed and wacked out on narcoticsâ?¦. praying that God would lay down upon me a great miracle with no effort on my part. AND I REGRETED EVERY MINUTE! I finally got over myself and fought for a comeback, and I did it!
You stated you are not on any medications. Until you find out what is wrong; KEEP IT THAT WAY! Medications often mask the issues, and do not treat the underlying condition. Most of them have horrible side effects anyway. And if you can deal with the pain from your injury and not use narcotics, then I recommend not taking them even if an expert offers them for relief. That is a slippery slope when dealing with a debilitating injury. It starts out great, but often times ends catastrophically. That in itself is a whole other topic, but I just want to give you a friendly heads up as Iâ??ve traversed both spectrums.
Finally, I am not a Doctor. I can only offer what I know from the experiences Iâ??ve been through. I am not an expert, nor do I claim to know all the answers. My advice comes from the heart because I understand the agony you are going through. I am not here to judge, scold, or push you in any direct. I am simply here to be a conduit of information so that you may set your health compass, and gravitate in the right direction. It is my hope that I have helped you in some wayâ?¦even if my words just encourage you to continue the pursuit in eradicating you disability. I wish you the best.