Hello everyone, I'm new here and just looking for a little advice
I'm a twenty year-old female who first injured her back in June of 2007. Been a while. I remember going on a trip with my mother the day I woke up in pain and I had tears streaming down my face throughout the car ride. No tears ever since, but I've been in pain for all of these months.
I was an athlete growing up and played many different sports. Bowling was my main sport, though, and I bowling quite often. Practice for me used to be ten games. I had the stamina and never felt that anything was amiss in my body. Then one night, after a bowling session with my mom, we both ran to the car quickly trying to avoid flashes of lightning. I grabbed our bowling bags and quickly heaved them into the trunk. The next morning I was a goner.
So far, I've had four rounds of therapy and eight epidural steroid injections. One of those, a nerve block, hurt me so bad afterwards they had to go find a toradol shot to stick in my arm. I couldn't lift my left leg correctly, which had never been a problem, so more injections followed to fix that problem. Currently, I can lift that leg up again just fine.
I'll let you guys know what my last MRI said:
L4-L5: There is a central focal disc protrusion, measuring 8 mm in transverse x 2 mm in AP, effacing the thecal sac, anteriorly, without compressing nerve roots. The foramina are patent.
L5-S1: There is a focal central/left paracentral disc protrusion, measuring 12 mm in transverse by 6.5 mm in AP, that elevates the thecal sac, and results in mild left lateral recess stenosis, displacing the S1 nerve root, as it leaves the thecal sac. The foramina are patent. There is mild facet hypertrophy.
I also have a large, supposed hemangioma in my L5 area. It grew over two CT scans from 8 mm to 11 mm.
When my back is really aggravated, I have trouble with my left leg. Every day, I have pain in my right leg, but only down to my knee. I'm not sure why this is, does anyone have an idea?
I'm seeing a neurosurgeon on Monday, but I'm terrified. If any of you have any advice for me, I'd be most appreciative. Do these MRI findings mean much? Should I keep trying other things besides surgery? I honestly can't sit at a baseball game, I can't play sports anymore. It's a little sad, you know?
My mother, her boyfriend, and four of our friends/family members have all had back surgery and they've ALL been successful. I'm the one stuck behind.