Last January, I had an MRI done on my lumbar region. There is some minimal disk bulging at L4-5 and neural foramina are patent.L5-S1, there is amoderate-sized broad based posterior disk protrusion, which touches the traversing bilateral S1 nerve roots with mild facet arthrosis. There is congenital narrowing of the spinal canal seen throughout the lumbar region, due to short pedicles. I have been taking medications and they don't seem to be working and most nights, I have to jump into the shower and put straight hot water, from the shower head on my lower back. If I try to do any laboriuos work, I am on my back for at least three days. On top of that, I think I may have arthritis in my hands and my back burns consistently, in between my shoulder blades. This also causes numbness in my finger tips. I can literally pull up on my skin, and pop my back between my shoulder blades.They did an MRI in the thoracic region and found nothing(last year.) Does anybody have any ideas whats going on or any suggestions.
I did some research and now I am more confused than ever. I tried to find out what a protrusion was and I found it to be called a hernia, bulge and relatively similar to an extruded disk. so which one is it? Also I looked up congenital narrowing of the spine and found out that it was a birth defect, it was rare and mostly found in dwarf's. I went to the doctor on the ninth and she said she could not see much on my MRI. However, congenital narrowing of the spine can cause paralysis, in some cases. That has me perplexed.
Another thing, the MRI staes: congenital narrowing of the spinal canal seen throughout the spinal canal, but in another area in the lumbar area states L1-4, no herniation, spinal stenosis or neural forminal encroahment. Does that make sense.
To end this lenghty article, let me tell you abot the visit. She checked my reflexes and there were none at all. I also get serious muscle spasms all do and at night my girlfriend sleeos mostly on the couch, due to my inability to have spasms and tossing and turning due to discomfort.
I hope it doesn't seem like I am whining, but I need to vent some way and thought it would be a good idea to chat with people who are going or have gone through this.
My medications are neurontin 300 mg, flexiril 10 mg,ultam (tramadol) 50 mg,naproxen 500 mg and norco 7.5