(cleveland, Ohio, USA)
My story is just beginning. I am a 46 year old woman and I have had back pain for years and have been on pain medication for it. I recently had an MRI that diagnosed 7 herniated disks, 4 in my lumbar and 3 in my cervical spine- size ranging 4 to 6 mm. I had no idea.
I only experience the shooting pains occasionally but I have experienced numbness in my toes and my fingers on my left hand for years. My doctors performed ultrasound on my arm and hand 8 years ago and told me they did not know what was wrong. Part of my diagnosis problem has probably been due to lapses in my health insurance. I am going to see a neurologist for the first time in April.
I don't really know what to expect from here on out. I want to be active and I want to exercise but I am scared. I have probably put on 15 to 20 pounds in the last six months and I know that adds to my pain. My saga will continue.....Wish I knew what to expect.