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What were the steps leading up to your diagnosis?

A CT scan showed two bulging discs are touching my spinal cord. I am in horrible pain which gets worse throughout the day. These are in the thoracic region. I have had l-4 and l-5 fusion in 2015, and I find my pain medications are not working. My ambulation is very bad and I've frequently been falling.

The CT scan I stumbled upon that shows these discs hitting the spinal cord was disregarded by the ER doctors. Should I go back to the emergency room for re-evaluation before I hurt myself further?

What lifestyle changes have you needed to make?

I need assistance doing household chores. I have had to stop doing any and all activities.

I have had to stop doing any and all activities.

Who has been there for you? How?

Who has been there for you? How?

My nephew helps me get around when I'm experiencing really bad pain. He even helps me get in the shower and prepares meals.

My nephew helps me get around when I'm experiencing really bad pain. He even helps me get in the shower and prepares meals.

What's your advice to someone else living with Back Pain?

I guess I would say find an honest, caring doctor.

Is there anything else we should know?

I've had cervical and lumbar surgery. I'm 6'2, 310 lbs. ex-muscle builder and I can't get back in the gym due to my condition and prior surgeries. I also have severe peripheral neuropathy in my legs and feet. I can't get the weight off that is vital to any recovery

I guess I would say find an honest, caring doctor.

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