Hi there I am thinking about requesting a appointment with the mayo clinic doctors to see if these folks can help me out and was wondering if there is someone on here who knows of the best doctor at the clinic that might have experience with what i have,
I constantly have pain in my lower back and constant pain in my right leg that travels all the way down to the bottom of my foot that is combined with tingling and burning and some paralysis on the right side only in my leg, the leg is tender to the touch and stops me from sitting for any length of time and it is effecting my sleep to where i only sleep a few hours each night and it prevents me from holding my wife at night ( ladies and men any suggestions on how best to hold your partner at night that would be more comfortable for me and enjoyable for my wife who loves but misses being wrapped in my arms )
I have had three major back surgeries which is funny because before i had surgery a few doctors said there was nothing wrong with my back or leg but low and behold the following surgeries were down.
I have had a surgeries on my lower discs and have had a laminectomy,microdiscectomy to remove the herniated disc and this was quit successful until recently i started to have pain and the same old feeling as before so i went back to the doctor who did the other surgeries after a few doctors told me there was nothing wrong and that i just had a sore back and after a few MRI and rays recently i have had a laminectomy with spinal fusion with implementation and i continue to have the same pain that i had when i first went in the last time to see the original doctor and although he tells me he does not see anything i ask him why do i still have the pain in my back and my leg,i got the impression that he wanted to admit he made a mistake or that the procedure did not work ( i would be fine either way but just be honest with me then i can make my own decisions)
One of the interesting things that i have noticed is that after this last surgery the pain and numbness and tingling and burning have all remained the same with the exception that i now have pain down my left arm starting at the elbow and extending downward and the only relief i get is when i walk around holding my arms up and out like a mummy
I do work alot of hrs ( Stay away from management,it will kill you lol ) and i do see a pain management doctor who does see and know that there is a problem but he just can't figure it out and he has referred me to the North American Spine Institute but i would be interested to learn if anyone here has had a similar problem or problems characteristic with mine?
Do the folks at the mayo clinic get to the bottom of the problem or just like a few doctors do they tell you oh you just have a sore back?
I can live with a 2 or a 3 level of pain but the 5 and 6 level of pain is becoming unacceptable unless i go on a stronger pain med which i do not want.
I thank you all for reading this as it was lengthy and hopefully informative enough that you could offer me advice or other places that you might have experienced better relief,better care,better outcome / results.
In closing i pray that you all have a very blessed year.