I am a 38 yrs old, diagnosed with results from an MRI in May 2011 that shows "large central posterior disc herniation which is markedly distorting and compressing the thecal sac and stenosing the central canal. IMPRESSION: Large L5-S1 disk herniation stenosing the central canal.
I hurt my back in December 2007, has taken until May 2011 to get some diagnosis. **GP had not believed me prior to this last MRI, which was a 'stand up/sit down MRI machine". Others are the type you lay down in, and the MRI is taken in that prone position.**
Pain level is 4-8. Depends on what I have done the day prior physically, how I have slept, and if I was able to eat properly. *no appetite when in pain*.
Currently on a medication to sleep, one to relax muscles, one for pain *Naproxen*, and two for depression.
I have an appt. to see a neurosurgeon, and another to see a naturopath. Both are information gathering appointments.
Any input?? Any suggestions?? I feel.. lost, my head is spinning with what I have been reading about treatment options, surgery options.. so much. Help???!! and thanks!!