I am new to this site and have been reading all of the helpful posts. I am very worried about my condition. Here are my scan results;
-minor degenerative changes throughout the lumbar spine
-concentric disk bulges present at L4-L5 and L5-S1 with minor developing osteophytes of the vertabral body endplates and facet joints.
-minor facet joint osteoarthritis is associated with moderate ligamentum flavum hypertrophy
-congenitally short pedicles combine with degenerative changes to create a moderate to severe degree spinal stenosis in the appropriate clinical setting at L4-L5
-At L5-S1 there is a small right paracentral disk protrusion
-Contact of the traversing right S1 nerve is observed in the lateral recess
-Contact of the nerve without displacement could indicate a chemically mediated sciatica accounting for a compontent of the patient's symptoms.
What does all of this mean? I have an appt. with a surgeon in about a month. What should and shouldn't I be doing?(physically and to be prepares for the dr. visit)
I have had back pain and headaches most of my life and mand many injuries and traumas to my back and neck, I really am glad to finally have a reason for this, and mabey a cure?
Thanks ahead of time for your consideration