I am coming out of the lurkers' closet.
I have had lower back/sciatic pain for 2 years, 8 mo. I have seen 4 doctors with no real diagnosis. I am unable to stand for more than 5 minutes. After that and I've got level 9 pain in left buttock, calf (skips thigh) and my foot goes numb. I have had MRI's, EMG, 2 epidural injections, lots of medications. I just got the results of discogram and still no definite answers. The pain that was induced during discogram was level 9-10 but NOT down left. Pain actually went towards right hip.
I would like to share CT results (abbreviated). L2-3 mild circumferential disc bulge; L3-4 small right foraminal/far lateral disc osteophyte; L4-5 circumferential disc bulge with suprimposed small central protrusion. Mild facet arthropathy bilateral (rght greater than left) The right inferior L4 facet appears partially fragmented, which may represent neg. after effect of prior trauma; however fact fragments appear well corticated, suggesting that this is chronic in nature; L5-S1 normal.
Dr. (pain management) wants to repeat discogram but have it a functioning one instead. I asked if I could see a surgeon first and then if necessary, do it. I will be seeing him on the 17th.
I am so disappointed that that this test was inconclusive. I have hit so many walls. I was all prepared for a course of action. Does anyone know if you can have severe sciatica without damage to L5-S1. Can L4-5 cause this kind of pain? Any help would be most appreciated.