I am a 21 year old college student with an extremely active/athletic history. I started getting thoracic/lumbar back pain in May 2009, when I switched to a road bicycle while training for triathlons. I went from being pain free to almost not able to walk in 4 days. My pain never entirely went away, but subsided for a few months. My pain is centered between my shoulder blades on my spine, and is very tender to the touch. I have been experience sciatica, and loss of sensation in my feet. In the beginning of August my back pain increased again, to the point of almost not being able to walk again. I had a CT scan on my lumbar spine, and it was noted I had a slight herniation in my L5-S1 vertebrae. I continued with my doctors advice, and in September had an MRI on my Lumbar and Thoracic vertebrae.
The lumbar MRI confirmed the central disc protrusion at L5-S1, and mild degenerative loss of disc space height and signal.
The thoracic MRI showed Schmorl's nodes at T6, T7, T8, T9, T10, T11, and T12. It also showed wedging at T10, T11, and T12. The constellation of findings suggest Scheuermann's Disease, but my kyphosis is normal at 35 degrees.
I had my MRIs and CT reviewed by a family friend who is a Spine Surgeon in San Diego, who was confident that neither of these findings could be causing my pain. My pain has continuously gotten worse, to the point where I am going to have to take a medical leave from school. I can not concentrate with this pain, let alone walk 5 blocks to my university. Does anybody have any ideas what is going on?