My MRI states: There is mild right facet arthropathy at L2-L3; there is mild bilateral facet arthropathy, left greater than right at L3-L4; There is mild disc bulge. there is ligamentous hypertrophy and mild to moderate left facet arthropathy and mild right facet arthropathy at Lr-Lr/ There is a mild disc bulge and ligamentous hypertrophy and minimal bilateral facet arthropathy at L5-S1. Mild degenerative discogenic disease and mild to moderate multilevel facet arthropathy of the lumbar spine. There is no focal disc protrusion, spinal canal stenosis or neural foraminal stenosis. Guess this doesn't sound like producing much pain...but it does if I do anything other than lay down or walk for a few minutes. I can sit for a very short period of time..but not without pain in the butt and lumbar.
My guess is a most people here will understand all this MRI better than myself. I know I have sciatica. I went thru chiropractic therapy with ending in worse condtion. At first I only had trouble sitting but after the chiro adjustments (2 visits) I had acquired pain in my lower back and down my right leg.
After that, I went to PT ..he also did few adjustments...plus had a machine with pads that was suppose to take away the inflammation. Attending PT for several long months with no help. although, it was due to:
not being able to take pain meds.
Many long years ago I had an accident on a horse which caused me to take strong doses of ibuprofens and tylenol. Over time, it took a toll on my stomach and esophogus. Taking tylenol today terribly irritates my stomach. I can no longer tolerate ibuprofens either....they burn my stomach and make me nauseous. I'm terribly afraid of the side effects of the pain medications mentioned by back pain sufferers' on this web site.
I'm 65 yrs old (female) and also dealing with severe burning issues of the vaginal area (for which there is no cure).
So, along with back pain and vulvodynia...My quality of life is NILL. I finally found a web site where I can find numerous information and found that I'm not alone dealing with back pain. This is one reason why I am very hesitant on back surgery. But, I believe I'm alone in not being able to take pain meds. I'm having a very hard time dealing with this back pain. I actually hate waking up each morning knowing I'll be just seeing the inside of my house. Needless to say, I'm depressed.
Oh, I forgot to mention, I can not take steriods. They not only make me nauseous but burn internally. So, steriod injections are out.
I do have one good thing in my life and that is a supportive husband and friends. I do worry that over time my husband will give up on me.
Thanks for reading this.