I'm very confused and frustrated. Been dealing with a back issue for 2.5 years. Have had 2 MRI's, 2 ESI's, loads of physio and seen spinal nuero surgeon. MRI showed mild bulge of L5/S1 though no nerve compression. Disc is also dessicated with mild loss of height. MRI's were taken 1 year apart and on second MRI the disc bulge looked slightly improved.
My main complaint at the moment is right now for example, sat at my desk, on my left side, to the left of my spine and just around that bump (SI joint?) on the back of you hip i have a dull ache, feels like something is kind of stuck there. If i stand up and walk around if feels better. If, when i am sat on my chair, if i tuck my left foot up under my bum, so the left side is then raised a bit higher than my right, this makes it feel better. I went to the gym yesterday and had a good work out pain free and felt pretty good for the rest of the day and evening.
On examination (i saw a new PT just last week) i have no pain on any movement (flexion, extension, twisting ect)and the only thing he noted was that when i bend to touch my toes my lower back tends to stay quite straight, rather then bending forwards nicely, so he has given me some stretches to try and loosen this up (knees to chest, followed by cobra). This does help my lower back to feel more flexible and i did this before and after my workout yesterday but not today the familiar feeling of something stuck back there is back again.
Does anyone here have similar symptoms or could guess what is going on here or suggest anything i could try? Sometimes i wonder if the docs/physio are missing something and are too focussed on what the MRI showed but then again, perhaps that is wishful thinking and it is simply the disc that is causing these symptoms.
On the whole, my sypmtoms are much better than they were even 1 year ago but i still just can't get over this final hurdle and am still in varying degrees of pain and discomfort on a daily basis. I will live with this if i have to (i do not want surgery), but i just want to be sure that nothing has been missed!
Thanks for listening!