In January 2009, I woke up with back soreness. It was a dull ache in the lower back that wouldn't go away. I am reasonably healthy having lifted many weights for many years. I am 33 years old now and had been exercising regularly to stay in shape. This pain is still here and I have tried numerous things through pain management and Spine Doctor.
Had MRI - An annular fissure present in the central posterior annulus of the 2 mm bulge in l4-l5. Other than that every thing is fine on MRI
Discography was done with same result, but pain wasn't able to be recreated, just pain in right buttock..but not jumping pain
Have done Lumbar injections, facet injections, Rhizotomy, physical therapy and so forth. Nothing seems to work. Doctor now wants me to go back to physical therapy. Fusion not option being only 33, but he seems to think the tear is leaking causing inflamation. I do experience occassional leg pain and pain in buttocks.
I usually sit for long periods at work and try to get up and walk around when possible. However, the pain just makes me a mess. I don't feel like exercise and I am in foul mood. Sleep is especially painfull as after sitting and being active all day, I lie down and I am miserable laying flat. Have to lay to one side and take over the counter sleep aids until I can go to sleep. In the morning, I wake up so stiff and walk around like a board for an hour before I start to get back in the rhythm. Been dealing with this for ten months, but now I am at my wits end. I will consider anything and would appreciate any advice.
To show how serious I was, I got lazyboy recliner and dropped twenty pounds in efforts to make this thing right. Someone please help me. Can a fissure tear really cause all this pain? and can it be fixed?