Hello. I have come here looking for some answers and hopefully a translation of the consultants letter. None of it makes much sense to me.
I have suffered on and off with my back for a good few years, usually the pain goes away after a cpl weeks but last year needed physio for a few weeks and then was ok. Since christmas I have had severe lower back pain and have been taking codeine and paracetamol everyday. It has gradually got worse and I am now getting shooting pains down my legs and into my foot.
The doctors letter says tense para spinal muscles Straight leg raise was positive on right side 60% with a positive stretch test. Decreased power in the ankle to dorsiflexion and to the exterior hallicus longus which was 4/5. There was sensory loss on right side at L4/L5/S1 dermatomes. Knee reflexes were normal however ankle reflexes absent on right side.
An MRI is booked and I am to start on Pregabalin meds. Can anyone please tell me what the doctors notes mean in normal language please?