this is my first posting here and am hoping for some clarity as to my condition and any possible treatment. I am a 46yr old male, have had problems with my back on and off since I was twenty, current problem stems from an incident when I hurt my back in December last year, 'conservative treatment' did not work, I am 3 weeks post lumbar/sacral MRI but still to be seen by referring surgeon re the results. Results were, mild reduction of bone marrow signal on T1-weighted imaging, correlation with haematological indices is advised; degenerative changes of lower lumbar and lower thoracic discs; multilevel end-plate changes present with Schmorl's nodes; bilateral exit foraminal narrowing at L5, more marked on left side where there is probable impingement of the exiting L5 nerve root;T11/12 broad-based disc bulge indents the theca and causes mild canal stenosis; T12-L1 broad-based disc bulge indents the theca and causes mild canal stenosis; L4/L5 large right paracentral disc extrusion demonstrates 22mm of inferior migration, it is causing moderate canal stenosis and complete stenosis of the right lateral recess with impingement of the traversing right L5 and S1 nerve roots; L5/S1 broad-based disc bulge contacts the traversing S1 nerve roots without impingement. Conclusion..., Thoracolumbar spondylosis. Large L4/L5 disc extrusion with neural impingement as described. Correlate haematological indices.
Well there you go, all as clear as mud LOL. Any help would be appreciated re what you think this surgeon might be advising when I meet him and ? what I should be asking him. I currently take 75mgs Lyrica and 100mgs Tramadol both twice daily, have weaned myself down to this level and whilst I am not pain free I am able to function at a level where I can hold down a responsible job and basically get on with life until I am offered some treatment. Please feel free to advise and I thank you in advance of any advice offered.