Patient :Hi, I am very concerned my left leg is going Numb Major and a little in my right now too. I also have vision issues, headache, spasms feel numb in my lower extremities. I can barely walk and need a walker. Beyond excruciating back pain. I am on Prednisone 100 mg, Dilaudid 14mg daily, 2-Topmax 25 mg, 4-6 Tylenol #3, 4-6 extra strength Ibuprofen and 2- Valium 5mg per day .I have to sleep sitting up and only 2-3 hours per night. I just received an X-RAT which I have been begging to get for at least 4 months now on my back. It says The Summary this:
Early lower cervical spondylosis and generalized cervical facet arthrosis with foraminal encroachment and alteration of normal curvature.
Mild T1 and T12 older compression fracture with degenerative secondary changes. Generalized Lumbar degenerative disc diseases and facet Arthrosis.
It does say on one are that I have significant hyperostosis is seen in the lower lumber and lumbosacral facets between L 2- S1 segments. There is moderate L1-2-3-4 and L5-S1 disc space narrowing and mild L4-5 disc space narrowing with marginal osteophytosis due to generalized lumbar degenerative disc disease.
There are many things noted. What should I do? I went to the ER over 15 times in the they maybe in the past year and told me it was just bowels...and mistreated me and would not do a scan or a XRAY Finally after pushing for one last week or so ago I have one. I am very scared as I cannot feel my leg leg barely. I do NOT want to be mistreated again,Just over maybe 2-3 weeks ago I went and said that my eyesight was blurry, double vision, severe back pain and leg was going numb and forehead the Doctor crossed his arms and said what now to me. sent me home and I went to another hospital and that guy said you have 30 secs to talk and was mean to me. I went outside in the freezing rain/ storm in a wheelchair and cried, felt hopeless. They did not examine me nor touch me. He stood 5 feet away from me.. Please Help... I need some advice. I am scared now to go to an Emergency Room in fear of being mistreated. Two ER Doctors in one night really hurt me...I am over I think now.. It is Thank Giving in Canada and I now have God in my Life... to direct and I hope you can give some advice Lots of Love , Thank you Katherine
Symptoms: Left leg is going Numb Major and a little in my right now too. I also have vision issues, headache, spasms feel numb in my lower extremities. I can barely walk and need a walker. Beyond excruciating back pain and have hip pain, shoulder pain and sometimes chest right through to my back pain.
Thank you for your question
I note your frequent visits to the ER and the number of pain medications you are on.
It would be impossible to be on that many medications without a prescribing doctor other than the ER.
If you are still in pain despite the coctail of medications, than an alternative treatment plan needs to be made and you need to be strongly involved.
If you have a family doctor, ask him to refer you to a rheumatologist or physiatrist or orthopedic surgeon for opinions on Management of your condition. Some pain centre's have all 3 specialists on staff and. That may be a quicker method to obtain a second opinion.
If you do not trust your family doctor or are seeking care in walk in clinics, then do a through search of specialists in your neibourhood and contact their office on how best to obtain a referral (fax, email, specific forms, required information).
If you do the leg work, your family doctor is more likely to refer you as it shows you are taking an active part in your health.
If your family doctor does not refer you despite your active involvement... than it may be time to seek a new doctor.
You will always be the best advocate for your health. Please seek a referral to the above 3 mentioned specialists.
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