I am new to this message board but I am enjoying all the information. My problem according to the MRI is:
There is a left paracentral disc extrusion measuring 10mm with severe narrowing of the left lateral recess and impingement of the left S1 nerve root in the lateral recess. Exiting L5 nerve root is spared. no central canal stenosis or right neural foraminal is identified. Right lateral recess is normal.
I am 37 male, 5'10" 200 and I have been experiencing terrible back pain for about a year. Active walker/runner. I have an 8 month old which doesn't help, but to make a long story short. I have had 2 epidurals (no relief at all), months of nsaids (mostly celebrex) and I've done physical therapy. My Doctor who comes with a very good reputation says "no need for surgery because there is no neurological symptoms and you have no leg pain"
Thank you so much for your time.