Hello, I have just come across this site and I am so glad I have found "a one-stop" source of information.
I have been diagnosed with significant narrowing of the L4/L5 disc space as well as L5/S1 disc space. There is also anular bulging at the L1/L2, L2/L3 and L3/L4levels and Spinal Stenosis. I have had this pain now for about 5 years. I have had 2 epidural cortisone injections. The first relieved my pain a little and for a short period of time, the second, did not work at all.
I have just had my 3rd MRI scan and I am awaiting results. I have no idea what my specialist will offer me. I am currently on M-Eslon (morphine sulphate) twice a day, Paracodeine 4 times a day and Amitripteline 50mg at night. The morphine worked for a couple of weeks and now my pain levels are back to square one.
Before my 3rd MRI my specialist wrote a letter to my GP stating that on reviewing my 2007 MRI (2nd MRI) he had found a HUGE (his words) disc prolapse that appeared to be overlooked (by another specialist) - hence the 3rd MRI recently.
I have reached the stage where it is very painful to walk, sit, stand and lie down. I feel like a little old lady and I am only 54. I was reasonably active and now I am so restricted in what I can do which frustrates the hell out of me. I haven't had the chance to read all of your stories, but I now know I have found a place where people are in the same boat as me who I can turn to for advice. I look forward to "meeting" you all and I am glad to be here amongst you.