Hello everyone, I am new to the site, but have been reading a lot of posts. I have had lower back pain/leg pain on and off for the past year and a half. Here is a break down:
Aug08- Woke up with lower back pain
Aug/Sep 08- PT with Flexerol, Tramadol, and Indocin
multiple doctor visits with no tests or imaging
Oct09- MRI!!! Found L4-5 "degenerative disc disease with loss of dis height and hydration. there is a right paramedian moderate sized disc protrusion resulting in a mass effect on the right anterolateral aspect of the thecal sac. This is associated with a small linear high intensity zone in the protruding posterior annulus compatable with small posterior annular tear. The protruding disc results in spinal stenosis with narrowing of the thecal sac to approx. 7mm. this also encroaches upon the neural foramen bilaterally right greater than left. There is no evidence of extruded or free fragment. Posterior facets are unremarkable."
The neurosurgeon wants to do a disc decompression surgery and insturmented fusion. Has anyone had anything similar and what were the results?