I am an 18 year old pre-medical student who has been suffering for 5 months with L5 S1 pain. my tests have been normal but my mri said i had a slight l5 dic bulge. nothing serious.. i have been diagnosed with siatica durign the first month after the injury.. the second month i was diagnosed with my my L5 Facet joint being "jarred".. the third month i got an epidural injection that made my left leg numbness and weakness skyrocket.. the next month my doctor said my l5 disc was slipped but my mri/ctmyelogram/xray/bone sacn/ all said other wise.
i have been on conservite care for now but it has done nothign and i am afraid that my nerve function in my leg will be irreversible. I have concluded (i know its not healthy to self diagnose but 5months+ with no answer has been hell) that my facet joint being jarred out of place as diagnosed by physical exam by my second doctor has become loose at either the base down by where the nerve is. some movements make it worse or better.
I belive that my disc bulge has pushed my nerve out into the area where my facet joint has been effected.. thus making movemets such as side to side, back and forth making pain and numbness substantiually worse. and the nerve injection was done at the root and maybe the fluid could have "pushed" my nerve more into the area around my joint? and when in am fixed postition such as laying flat is the worst due to the fact that there is unlimited pressuse beause my nerve is being crushed under my joint???
Idk guys i was real fired up about this but i am no doctor and maybe delusional from trying to figre out what is wrong for so long.. have a look and tell me if i am on to somthing or have lost my mind!!!