Symptoms from fall 2004. Treated by rheumatologist since 2005 for fibro and RA. Progressive numbness, tingling, pain, shocklike pains, difficulty walking. MD r/t fibro and RA. I had PMD order cervical and lumbar spine. Major problems in both areas Main C prob is moderate to severe neuralformainal stenosis L mild to moderate neural foraminal stenosis, I also have protruding discs, thecal sac compression and other findings. MD never did proper differential to rule out other possible causes of neuro type symp. I was not given chance for treat. of condition that might have delayed or stopped progression of disorder. Untreated cerv. can lead to permanent nerve damage. Also although I won SSD I was denied dis. through employ r/t 0 objective ev. to support severe pain and disability.I barely leave my home. Can not walk my dogs, play with my grandson, or have intimate relationship with husband. Quality of life is near 0. I have read that all patients with RA should have baseline radiological tests done to monitor for progression and also to note if cervical spine begins to deteriorate to aid in preventing damage to nerves and spinal cord. I last saw rheumatologist in October and have app't with spinal specialst on the 8th and new rheumatologist on the 12th.
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