I was in a car accident in year 2005, and i was diagnosed with some bulging discs in my lower back. I have not been to the doctor in over a year because my health insurance has expired. My back as gotten alot worst since the car accident. It seems like it gets worst as the weeks go on. I am still young (21), and i can not stand the pain. I get a horriable stabbing in my lower back, and also hot needles in my arms, hands, feet, legs. Meds help a little with the lower back pain, but noting can touch the needle pain, and the pain that shoots down my leg. Does anybody know what i can do to help live with this pain? i am getting government insurance probally in the begining of feb. then i can go see a doctor. I dont understand why i experiance so much pain with bulging discs. I always hear from other people that bulging discs are not that bad, and dont hurt. But my bulging discs make me so that i can barely walk alot of times. why is this? does anyone else with bulging discs experiance such extreme pain? this is my MRI report below.
MRI LUBMAR SPINE (Oct. 2007)
L3-4 disc spaces normal. Posterior annulus bulging with some impingement on the anterior thecal sac. No central canal or neuroforaminal stenosis. No disc herniation. Facet hypertrophy. Central canal narrowing
L4-5 disc narrowing and partial disc dehydration. Posterior disc bulging with impingement on the anterior thecal sac. Facet hypertrophy. Central canal stenosis.
1. Annulus bulging l3-4.
2. Disc bulging l4-5 with hypertrophic central canal stenosis associated.