Hello. I am new to the forum, but I think that this may become my new home. I have been having problems with my back for about a year now. I started seeing my GP for back pain approx. 4 months ago. I was ata first experiencing lower back/hip pain that over time moved down my leg to my foot. After a few weeks of this pain, my toes and parts of my leg started to loose feeling. I have been to Physical therapy, and after a couple months of a whole lot of stretching and very little improvement, I requested a MRI and the doctor agreed that we should take a look dueto the feeling loss. This is what the letter said that I recieved from my GP-
Mr. KovacsYour MRI shows disc disease at the L4-5 level with severe narrowing of the spinal canal. For this reason I think it would be reasonable to be evaluated by neurosurgery. Here are the details about the referral and making the appointment: YOU HAVE BEEN REFERRED TO THE NEUROSURGERY DEPARTMENT.
Can anyone out there help me put this into plain english, and let me know how severe this might be? I have been told everything from- "keep stretching and it will get better on it's own..... to-- you are going to need surgery or face possible paralyzation below the waist in the future due to the narrowing of the spinal canal. Can anyone help me make sense of this and calm down a little bit?
Thanks in advance!!!!