L4-L5 "Narrowing" - Some questions
I have had some mild to moderate back pain off and on now since the summer of 2008. Shortly after it started, my doctor ordered x-rays which came back as "a slight narrowing of the L4 and L5 on the left side." The recommendation was to rest it when it flares and take anti-inflammatory medication.
Currently, over two years later and it still comes and goes. It is usually a few months between flare-ups, going from almost no pain to pain which causes a limp when not warmed up. I exercise and left weights 5-6 times a week, including back and dead lifts as well as 5 to 8 miles runs, but avoid dead lifts when this flares. Decline sit-ups also effect it as well as sitting in a low chair.
My questions are: is just something to deal with or if there might be a larger issue looming? Should I cease dead lifts all together...I don't really feel as though they are the main factor whatsoever.
Any advice about L4-L5 "narrowing" and what to expect/treatment would be much appreciated!
Thanks in advance and I am eager to hear...