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Back pain please help ??????

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all. I am 35 and have had back ,leg pain for 3 years.
I have seen doctors, osteopath, chiropractor,massage therapy. I have had 12 accupuntures, 1 epidural.hung from doors. gently exercised,bought books,dvds,Nothing helps.
Im 35 self employed decorator , fed up with no help from nhs.
Been taking tramadol and diclofenac for 3 years. Went privately for a mri scan .These are my results.
Please can anyone explain to me these results?????
I have not listed the findings just the conclusion.

Disc degenerative changes in mid to lower lumbar spine and mild facet joint degeneration in lower lumbar spine.A disc bulge at L4/L5 contacts the L5 roots in the lateral recesses,and a right paracentral disc protrusion at L5/S1 displaces the right S1 root in the lateral recess,but no convincing neural compreesion is seen.

Will gentle exercise help, or is bed rest good????
Any answers very gratefull ..Thank you


  • I'm in the US and not sure how the NHS works, but are you able to see a spine surgeon for input? Have you had flexion/extension x-rays of your spine? Sometimes this shows more than a standard, lying down x-ray or MRI.

    Best wishes to you,

  • Hi Ive got appointment end of the month with a pain consultant. I shall suggest to see a spine surgeon. I havent had a flexion/extension xray. British NHS are rubbish,well for me any way. Thanks for reply.
  • Hi Legend :)

    From your report I would say this "do not try to treat this on your own". I know you want to do something and that is understandable. However you really need to see and be treated by a Dr.

    I could not begin to tell you if rest would help you - but I would gather as guess and and say until you see a Dr. I would not suggest you exercise.

    You could face making a injury that can be corrected to a level that it can't be corrected.

    I speak from experience. I too am self employed and when I was first injured and had my report from visiting a Emergency Room, decided to treat myself until I could see a Dr with doing exercises and I kept working ( which I do/did manual labor ) and now I am not fixable :(

    Please keep reading here and keep us updated how things are going for you :)
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • Hi Ms HumptyDumpty, Thanks for reply...
    The physio has said keep gently exercising and working,but ive done that for the past 3years, still in pain. Im thinking a rest with no work mite help??
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