In my twenties I was diagnosed with slipped discs, sciatica and a well marked loss of disc spaces, slight scoliosis. For years I was constantly in out of hospital with excruciating pain in my lower back and down my left leg which I used to drag along due to severe nerve damage. I once had a scary bout of paralysis from my waist down and I was hospitalised again. The Dr that treated me told me that the paralysis was not linked to my back condition and that I needed an urgent MRI scan. My dr referred me to Neurology for an assessment which happened a year later when I had fully recovered ,which of course showed nothing. After a while and due to treatment from a wonderful physio I regained the use of my left leg and my pain levels became manageable.
About 3 years ago I then started getting horrendous pain in my right hip which was swollen and hot to the touch. I was referred for a scan ( the scan they use when ur pregnant) the Dr who was scanning me kept saying the pains is radiating from your buttocks down the front and back of both legs. I corrected him and said no it's coming from my hip joint at the side. He injected a needle with steroid n pain medication into my hip I was relaxed at first but then I was in agony as he must have hit the part where the pain was originating from, I nearly jumped off the table. After a while my hip started to settle down but the scan showed I had tendonophathy of both legs.
6 weeks ago I was in work when I started getting a pain from my neck n pins n needles down my left arm. I rang the drs for an appointment, when I described my symptoms she called an ambulance cos she thought I might have been having a heart problem, hospital confirmed it was a disc in my neck pressing on a nerve.
5 weeks ago my back went as I got out of a chair, I initially struggled into work but my back seemed to be getting more rigid each day and the pain intensified so much i was unable to walk or attend to my daily needs, such as bathing, dressing myself, luckily I have a good husband who helped me. I went to the drs who put me back on tramadol, and prescribed diazepam to try n relax my back muscles and signed me off work. As I've had no scans or X-rays for about 15 years or more I requested my dr to refer me for a scan, they refused. They said it's on record that I have a degenerative spinal disorder and suffer from disc, sciatica, and tendonophathy.
I would appreciate your view on whether an MRI scan would be beneficial or not. I think it would show if my spine has degenerated further or not, and whether there is any treatment etc that might help delay any further degeneration.