Hi everyone, I am new to the forum and hope to be an active member. I am 44 and have suffered with back pain for around
20 years. I have been told it was muscle spasms more than
i can remember. I started on pain meds about 3 years ago and
I am currently taking lortab & morphine combination. This
past month things took a turn for the worst and no amount
of medicine is working. During this time, my left knee has
become increasingly painful. Finally they ordered an mri.
Results came in and basically my probelms start at L1-L2 and get progressivley worse as they progress to L5-S1. All the discs are bulging and show facet hypertrophy which progresses downward. Canal and bilateral foraminal stenosis. Ending with a large diffuse bulge with lobulated components far laterally on both sides of L5-S1 and a right paracrentral protrusion indenting the thecal sac in the same area. Just starting to understand what some of this language means, lol. Basically the doctor told me yesterday that my problems were too diffuse for surgery to be an option and that I should mentally prepare myself for disability. I'm having a hard time comprehending all that at once. He is going to try a procedure where they burn some of the nerve endings???? I am scared for our financial future and having to live with chronic pain for the rest of my life. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Lisa