Thanks in advance for reading.
I have been dealing with the life altering affects of lumbar back pain for the past 5 years. I am in desperate need of advice and am reaching out to the online community.
In 2005 I started feeling pain in my hamstrings and lower back when sitting. I was initially misdiagnosed as having pelvic malalignment by a sports injury specialist and was told to do a set of excercises that would fix the imbalance and stop the pain. This failed to achieve any results.I was than was mistakenly diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis???. Only after being misdiagnosed twice would the sports medicine specialist finally give me an MRI (10 months later) which showed these results......
Of the five lumbar vertabrae there is desiccation of the L5 / L5 disc as well as the L5 / S1 disc. There is narrowing of the L5 / S1 disc and note is made of an annular tear involving the posterior aspect of the L5 / S1 disc. The conus ends at the level of the L1 / L2 and the visualized portion of the lower thoracic cord is normal in signal and morphology.
Note is made of disc dessication and disc space narrowing at the T 11/ T12 level with an associtaed disc buldge . Depsite the disc buldge the spinal cord is not significantly narrowed. No abnormailty is present from T12 throught to the L3/ L4 level.
At the L4 / L5 , there is disc buldge whitout narrowing of the spanl canal. At the L5/ S1 level there is a small paracental disc protrusion with the the disc protrusion minimally dipslacing the traversing right S1 nerve root in the right lateral recess. the spinal canal is not significantly narrowed at this level. The exiting nerve roots are not compromised.
So after the specialist saw that there was damage in my back (likely caused by snowboarding) he recommended I do physiotherapy to strengthen my back. It has now been 11 months since I started physio which included spinal decompression. All of this treatment has done liitle to help my back pain and I am now headed back to the specialist. I am only 25 and I feel as if my life and future prospects have been drastically altered for the worse. I am no longer athletically fit, I have difficulty siting for periods of time, and my quality of life in general is poor. I am always in some state of pain and often unable to do much but lie down.
After the initial mishandling and misdiagnoses I have been left with very little trust in the medical system (I live in Vancouver, Canada) And at this point I have been left with the disheartening advice that I should live with the pain by using medications and hope that in the future that some surgical procedure is invented that can repair my back. The doctors rational for this was that If I had surgey using current methods it coud result in my injury becoming worse.
Does anyone agree or disagree with this asessment or now of any treatments/procedures that I should be considering? ( should I be looking into private health care options or treatment in other countries?)
If anyone has dealt with a similar injury and has any advice that would be greatly apreciated