Hi all. First time posting.
Here's a bit of my history & my MRI details are at the bottom of this post. I'm so glad there's a forum for support. I don't get out much and am kinda stir-crazy!!
I've been off work for over a year. Can't walk more than 100'. Can't stand more than 3 minutes. Can't sit in the same position longer than 20 minutes. Can't sleep longer than 3 hours. Back of my Right leg is numb from my hip to my knee & then the outside half of my right foot is numb. Front of my left leg is numb from hip to knee.
I do accupuncture, swim therapy 2x/wk, physiotherapy weekly. I went to a pain clinic for about 3 months & had increasing strengths of Marcaine injected. There hasn't been any improvement with any of this.
I've tried a million different pills & currently take Oxycontin 2x/day, Gabapentin 2x/day & Oxycodone usually 2x/day for breakthrough pain. I was originally prescribed Cymbalta for the pain relieving properties, but after more than a year of this it's probably a good idea for depression, too. I am significantly overweight & have gained 75lbs in the last year. 60 lbs came on in 4 months while on a course of Prednisone for my back (HATE that stuff). After I came off that, I made changes to my diet & expected a loss, but gained another 15 lbs. Did some research & realized that the Lyrica I was taking can also cause weight gain & swelling, hence the switch to Gabapentin about 2 weeks ago. I'm hoping I can start to lose weight now.
I had a CT scan & waited 7 months for a surgeon to review only to find out the scan was barely readable. Finding an MRI with a wide enough bore to accommodate me was difficult (no open MRIs in Ontario), but I finally had an MRI & got my results yesterday.
Here's what it says -
L1 through L4 - unremarkable.
L4-L5 - there is a small central broad-based disc protrusion associated with a minor radial tear of the annulus fibrosis. No major disc protrusion is seen neural foramina are well maintained.
L5-S1 - there is a larger central and right paracentral disc protrusion associated with an annular tear. The disc fragment encroaches on the lateral recess and the right L5-S1 neural foramen likely compressing the exiting nerve roots.
Impression - Degenerative changes in the lower 2 discs with a right paracentral disc protrusion at L5-S1 as described.
I'm now waiting for another appointment with my surgeon & would appreciate your thoughts. Do you think surgical intevention is likely?
It's not that I want to have surgery, but after trying everything else I want to have my life back. (Did I mention I'm a newlywed?). I want to return to work and having a social life and travel and planning a family with my husband. For the past year, I've been locked in this prison of pain & staring at 4 walls at home.
If for some reason the surgeon says it's not an option, do you have any other suggestions? Obviously I'm continuing my diet plan, but short of waving a magic wand, I just don't know what else to do.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post. I look forward to hearing from some of you.