Hi I've been lurking for a while and have decided to seek your help and advice
I'm 40, and have been having neck and back issues for years. I have been seeing a physiatrist for the bulk of my treatments. I have had 2 microdiscectomies within 2 years.
The last one was about a year ago. I got better for awhile and then same old back pain with pain radiating down my left leg. Dr. had me repeat my mri's (after much nagging from me about my pain level and no relief from drugs).
This is the mri report I received:
L4-5 Mild annular bulge of the inervertebral disc with a small broad-based central protrusion with annular fissuring/high intensity zone mildly flattening the anterior aspect of the thecal sac.
L5-6 A left hemilaminotomy defect is seen. Mild retrolisthesis of L5 S1 is seen. Intervertevral disc is normal in height but moderately diminished in signal intensity. Mild annular bulge seen witha 5mm broad-based extrusion extending from centrally through the left laterally and extending slightly caudal to the intervertebral disc space level. Moderate posterior displacemnt of the left S1 nerve root. Moderate right and moderatley severe left neural foraminal narrowing .
OK - what the heck does that mean? All my dr. said was - you ruptured your disc again - you need to get it fused. I have a call into a spine surgeon but I am having a hard time getting a return call.
Does something like a rupture keep getting worse? My pain is pretty bad - about a 7 on a daily basis. My dr. has me on Norco and Tramadol. HA!
Also - I am pretty active - I have 2 young kids - and I'm a substitute teacher - I am not the one who is going to rest and take it easy
Thanks for listening and any advice you have! This is a great forum.