I found this site while browsing Google about my back pain.
I was diagnosed with Scoliosis when I was 14 but was told that it wasnt severe enough for a surgery, and since I was done with puberty, it wont get worse since my bones wont grow.
I'm 21 years old now, haven't had motor vehicle accidents, haven't worked in any type of labour jobs and havent been involved in any high activity sports.
On Jan 17, I woke up with severe pain and coulnt stand/walk/sit. I stayed in bed all day, I thought I pulled a muscle. The pain got worse within a few days and I was at the ER twice, first Dr said it was a pulled muscle. Then, 2nd Dr said it may be a sciatica nerve pinched. X-ray and blood result showed normal. I was prescribed percocets, and I went to PT three times a week.
Things got better and I was scheduled to return to work on March 21, but during the week March 14th - 20th, I was feeling severe pain again and on March 19, I went to the ER..Dr suggested surgery or spinal decompression after I told him what's been happening.
Then, on March 21, I received my MRI results..it says this:
The L5-S1 levels shows mild disc space narrowing and disc degeneration.
In addition, there is moderate to large extruded central to left central herniation with near complete obliteration of the thecal sac and marked left S1 nerve root impignement. The remainder of the study is unremarkable.
I am now waiting for an appointment with a neurosurgeon, which will take 8-12 weeks.
I'm lost, confused, depressed and sometimes I dont even want to wake up anymore. I dont know how this happened..Does anyone have any similar situations? Should I go for surgery or is there still hope if I continue PT or have spinal decompression done.
I appreciate all of your help.