hi - im 25 and have been dealing with constant severe back pain.im a single mother with a 3 yr old and a 1 1/2 yr old.i just had a mri of my lumbar spine yesterday as the pain meds mt dr gave me werent even touching the pain at all.
the mri results indicated:
L4-5 - broad-based disc bulge and facet hypertrophy mildly narrow the lateral recesses. there is moderate foraminal stenosis.
L5-S1 - Broad-based disc bulge and facet hypertrophy without signifigent narrowing of the central canal. there is moderate right and mild left foraminal stenosis.
there is a schorls node inferior endplate of L5.
Multilevel spondylosis resulting in moderate foraminal stenosis on the left of L4-5 and on the right at L5-S1 with milder degenerative changes present at other levels as described above.
there is moderate dessication and loss of disc space height at L5-S1 and mild at L4-5. mild loss of disc space height is also noted at T12-L1.
my dr has reffered me to a neurosurgeon - im scared that all this means something very serious. im in so much pain i cant play with my children anymore - everyday just seems like the same pain clouded disaster as the day before...i have the added mental stress of getting laid off from my job in a weeks time.i dont know how to deal with this...im scared my boyfriend is going to leave me since i can no longer be what he wants and needs.he is the only father my children have ever known and this is breaking my heart. he - being perfectly healthy has no idea how bad it hurts and i can see the relief in his eyes everytime he sees me that it isnt him.i feel like i cant tell him how badly i need him and his support right now - for the most part - i try to keep everything inside and try not to let on how much pain im in but its hard when you are just sitting watching a movie and it hurts so bad your crying. the dr wont give me any pain meds till i see the neurosurgeon - i hope to god thats soon...
does anyone have any advice? im lost in the proverbial woods and have no idea how to find my way out.