Hi, Ive spend the past few hours reading various posts on this website and with enough courage, here i am
A little bit about my history. Im 28 years old. I was diagnosed in 2002 with grade one spondylolisthesis at L5/S1 after severe pain my lower back and numbness in my leg. After a year of physio my back pain improved but my leg/s pain has become worse. this past june i had another MRI and these are the results:
L4-L5: mild symmetrical bulge of the annulus fibrosis with no significant protrusion or encroachment on spinal canal.
L5-S1: large central disc protrusion encroaching on the thacal sac and both neural formina. there is marked spinal stenosis at this level.
SO my doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory and a mild muscle relaxant with codine for the pain. both of which dont help. i can barley walk a few minutes before my legs and feet go numb and not the mention the extreme pain as the muscle cramp up. I have looked into many options and am very confused as to what i can do to. I have looked into spinal decompression and after just two sessions i stopped because of severe back pain. (i think the chiro was just out to make a quick buck. he put me on 65-75 lbs!)
what options work other then surgery. (I have a neuro surgeon appt on the 12th of september). alot of people have mentioned that chiro helped..what kind of treatment did they receive from their chiro? i see that there is a trend that shows that physio didnt help. beside meds what options are there? I live in canada so i dont know if my options are the same. I find that no doctor tells me what i could do other then perscibe meds. Im looking into spinal decompression again because it seems promising in theory but everyone uses different machines so im confused. any help would be greatly appreciated.